Elizabethan Derbyshire

Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire.

Mackintosh's Station

Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Railway Terminus design of 1892-93 is one of many interesting projects never embarked upon which were modelled and featured on the site Unbuilt Mackintosh and, I believe, probably the most meritorious. A fairly early design, the building was most probably foreseen as being constructed in red or blonde sandstone, which dominates the buildings of Mackintosh's native Glasgow.

The Station can be said to be a modernist answer to Glasgow's Kelvingrove Museum, constructed around the same period. Whilst both buildings are somewhat ecclesiastical in feel, the Terminus marks itself out particularly by its detailing: the towers, the stern sides of the frontage and the unusual proportions mark this out as something quite different. Still, much like a lot of Mackintosh's work, it straddles the boundaries between modernism and traditional architecture in a way which many professionals - both then and now - found uncomfortable, but which seems to capture the public's imagination.

Should the City Fathers ever see fit to rid West George Street of the blight that is the current Queen Street Station building, I can think of no more fitting a gateway to the north of Scotland, nor a better statement of Glasgow's architectural heritage than this to take its place.

I would recommend a browse around the Unbuilt Mackintosh site. A number of his designs are really quite interesting, in particular the Exhibition Hall and Concert Hall both designed in 1898 for the 1901 Glasgow International Exhibition in Kelvingrove Park (more on this subject to come in later posts).

Remembrance Sunday at King's

Old Aberdeen in one of those places where you often feel you would be missing out if you didn't have a good camera at hand. Well, I don't. I have a 1.3 megapixel one on the back of my increasingly battered-looking mobile phone, which never seems to focus properly or indeed adapt its exposures correctly. C'est la vie.

Being Remembrance Sunday, an excellent (and very crowded) service was held in King's College Chapel - at first my lateness almost resulted in having to watch a videolink of the service in the Conference Centre, which is what the university administration have turned the old college library into. Luckily they managed to find a few seats in the antechapel, with a view through the doors of the rood-screen. Martin Bell OBE, the former MP, gave an excellent talk on military matters, before the various university armed forces divisions were inspected on the Elphinstone Lawn. I tried to capture a picture of the college with a rarely-seen flag on its pole. Alas, despite taking many shots, few turned out particularly well and in even fewer did the flag do anything more than adhere limply to the pole. These two are about as good as it gets.

A Library

Franz Kafka Society Library, Prague. By Steven Holl, architect for the new building opposite The Mack at Glasgow School of Art.
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