3D images reveal extent of Glasgow School of Art fire damage

Highly detailed 3D images of the Glasgow School of Art's fire-damaged Mackintosh building created by its Digital Design Studio department. Restoration work is scheduled to start on site shortly after the close of this year's degree show in June. Picture: Hemedia
Highly detailed 3D images of the Glasgow School of Art's fire-damaged Mackintosh building created by its Digital Design Studio department. Restoration work is scheduled to start on site shortly after the close of this year's degree show in June. Picture: Hemedia
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New images have been released showing the extent of damage caused by a fire at the historic Charles Rennie Mackintosh building at Glasgow School of Art.

The A-listed building caught fire on May 23, 2014, and the laser-scanned images detail the impact of the blaze.

Mack Laser Scan of a sectional view of the ground floor of The Mackintosh Building looking from north to south. Picture: Hemedia

Mack Laser Scan of a sectional view of the ground floor of The Mackintosh Building looking from north to south. Picture: Hemedia

The scans were created by experts in 3D visualisation at the school’s digital design studio, and they show the charred structure complete with the classical sculpture plaster casts which survived the fire.

The images will form the basis of a model to document the restoration, which is expected to be complete by 2018/19.

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A spokeswoman for the art school said: “The model will document every stage of the restoration and create a detailed record of the work undertaken for future use both by the GSA and other organisations carrying out complex restorations of historic buildings.”

Mack Laser Scan of Sections through six floors of the west wing showing Mackintosh Lecture Theatre, Library and studio 58. Picture: Hemedia

Mack Laser Scan of Sections through six floors of the west wing showing Mackintosh Lecture Theatre, Library and studio 58. Picture: Hemedia

Flames engulfed the school as students were preparing for their degree shows and a fire investigation found the blaze began when a projector ignited gases from expanding foam used in a student project.

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Mack Laser Scan of sectional view of the Mackintosh Building looking from east to west and west to east. Picture: Hemedia

Mack Laser Scan of sectional view of the Mackintosh Building looking from east to west and west to east. Picture: Hemedia