Visualizing Mackintosh’s Alternative Design Proposal for Scotland Street School

  • Danilo Di MascioEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 1028)


This paper describes the process of creation of a set of visualizations (elevations, perspective views and a short animation) of C.R. Mackintosh’s original but unrealized first design proposal for Scotland Street School (dated January 1904). Moreover, the piece of writing reflects upon some key aspects of the project such as how architectural historians were involved and how ambiguities due to the discrepancies between the drawings and missing details were resolved by studying multiple drawings and transferring clues from other Mackintosh’s built works. The contributions of this research are important for several reasons: it proposes a methodology that can be applied to similar research projects; it explains the educational value of the development work, which can be defined as digitally handcrafted, behind the visualizations; it contributes to studies of buildings designed by C.R. Mackintosh by using digital technologies that open up new insights to aspects still overlooked of his architectural production.


Digital handcrafted Digital heritage 3D digital reconstruction Visualization Charles Rennie Mackintosh 



The work was commissioned as part of the research project Mackintosh Architecture (Principal Investigator Professor Pamela Robertson, The Hunterian, The University of Glasgow). This major project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Board of the U.K. and was based at the University of Glasgow. The author also wants to thank Professor Pamela Robertson and Dr Robert Proctor, the two architectural historians who followed and supported the project with precious pieces of advice, and Professor Tom Maver for an informative visit of the building.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Architecture and 3D Design, School of Art, Design and ArchitectureThe University of HuddersfieldHuddersfieldUK

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