Message - Re: Recreate architects' works - your opinion?

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Posted by  Rog the Dodge on February 20, 2003 at 11:02:01:

In Reply to:  Re: Recreate architects' works - your opinion? posted by Eric Yukins on February 20, 2003 at 10:06:36:

Two Charles Rennie Mackintosh buildings have been created in Scotland since the 1990s, both from sketches or competition drawings: neither was constructed in his lifetime.

The first is the Artist's Country Cottage which was built just south of Inverness. Having used the CRM sketch as a student analysis programme I know that the original plans and elevations don't fit, so whoever put this thing up in the 1990s had to do a considerable amount of guesswork and interpretation on their own account.

The second is CRM's entry for the Haus fur Eines Kunstfreundes competition which was erected on a site in Glasgow with my former professor, Andy Macmillan, who should have known better, in charge. Again a considerable amount of guesswork was involved.

We know that CRM changed his designs as they evolved on site. Here we have two building erected from incomplete plans adapted by a third party and missing CRM's genius of on-site adaptation. So what do we think we're getting. Yep! It's a mule and a camel.

By the way the Larkin is of particular significance in FLW's oeuvre, so dont write it off too quickly. But, certainly don't attempt to reconstruct it.

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