Project FireBrand/\

Does this sound familiar?

“Many feel that this “demo of discontent” has been too long in coming. Barbra Santos Shaw, a former professor at GSA and London’s Royal College said, “Art schools should never have gone in with universities. Art school teaching is totally different to providing lectures for a class of 120. It’s essential you work with students. It’s very hands on. The new rules of a bare 20 minutes a week contact for student/staff is truly shocking.” David Harding, founder and former head of the famous GSA Department of Environmental Art, told me, “My surprise is, why has it taken so long for students to know they are being duped and have been for a long time? Staff, of course, are cowed, and only the students have the power to change things. Moreover, the university model is simply not a good paradigm for art education. In the former, the emphasis is on the assimilation of existing knowledge, whereas in the latter, the emphasis is on creating new perceptions.”


Thinking about Glasgow Art School to Delft School of Architecture, these accidental disasters are providential opportunities to rethink basic concepts about education, spatial practices, and urban contexts. i am putting together a group to start thinking about all this, and to collect experiences from other schools on the outside. It won’t be the first time i find myself reflecting on school buildings that burn down — back in 2008 archiphoenix project, Dutch pavilion, 2008, led by Stealth.unlimited [more to come] PTL

Firebrand group? Firebrand may refer to:

firebrand Group (everyone is still  welcome to join):,,,,


KKH Fire September 2016


Glasgow Art School Fire: 2014


KTH Architecture School Fire 2011


School of Architecture, Delft University. Fire 2008


Notes on Delft:

Delft school of Architecture was housed in a temporary tent structure until relocated in an industrial warehouse. i haven’t tracked the history of the successive spaces, but i worked with Ana Dzokic and Marc Neelen —and also Tor Lindstrand… on a fantastic project, ArchiPhoenix, at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2008 on reconciling architectural education and buildings.


Notes on KTH fire:



This came up on my facebook feed through Aj+ news. I love a good shipping container and Peter I remember you said about floating around the Baltic. Possible way forward. G.I. 


Glasgow School of Art makes a 3D virtual model of itself.


Construction [ edit | edit source ]

At the turn of 2006-2007 went Academic House with KTH and in collaboration with the architects selected by an open invitation on the design of a new school building for the KTH School of Architecture and the entrance area to KTH. Tham & Videgård Architects was commissioned to design the new school. [ 1 ]

They placed an oval detached four-storey building in the contiguous courtyard space. The facades of rust red corténstål are curved and constructed of frames with staggered openings and glazing. The idea behind the curved contour is to shorten the front visual length and open views of the corners. It also provides a varied shadow and light play. The height and color scheme connects the building to the surrounding older buildings the brick facades. [ 1 ]

Inside, the clean concrete is visible in the facade as well as the stairwell. The lighter the walls are clad in wood. A central hall form a natural exhibition space in the building. The links to the studios, exhibition space, computer rooms and workshops. In the entrance hall are Jonas Dahlberg’s audio artwork An Imagined City from 2015. [ 2 ] On level 3, 4 and 4 is ritsalarna with open floor plan and three meters in height, but with the possibility of division into smaller formations room. On the 2nd floor are offices, shared services, meeting rooms and a kitchenette. Adjacent to the top floor is the roof terraces. [ 1 ]

On October 12, 2015 inaugurated the building. The construction cost of the 8,800 square meters amounted to SEK 400 million. [ 1 ]

It was awarded the Kasper Salin Award 2015 [ 3 ] and the same year was nominated to the year’s Dwelling . [ 1 ] The building was awarded first place in the architectural competition for the year Stockholm Building 2016 with the motivation: “A fine custom add in a cramped environment where the facade rust red weathering steel, with its organic form, provides a soft and cheeky impression. A generous house the visitor feel both curious as invited. ”

from Wiki:


Life never slows down within the impressive, renovated building in Julianalaan. Although originally intended for students of Chemistry, the building is now home to young designers, passionate researchers and is a breeding ground for innovative knowledge and design. It is a place that is buzzing with life from early in the morning until late at night, with four thousand people studying, working, designing, conducting research and acquiring and disseminating knowledge.

The current building occupied by the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment was designed by its users to become a place where the dynamism and passion of the faculty is visible at a glance. In BK City, old classrooms became state-of-the-art studios, corridors were given special signposting and the empty inner squares redesigned to create two covered areas for lectures, presentations and an impressive models studio. “A new building within an old one,” said former Dean Wytze Patijn at the time of the redesign. “Walking through it is a particularly pleasant journey.”

Every city has its own history. When the faculty’s former building in Berlageweg was devastated by fire, new accommodation arose from the ensuing chaos. In almost no time at all, the best knowledge and talents of students, researchers, staff, alumni and external agencies were brought together. Thanks to highly intensive cooperation and a passion for Architecture, the vacant building at Julianalaan was transformed into BK City within a single year.

The building has:

  • a floor area about 36.000m2, glasshouses included (the original building was 32.000 m2);
  • more than 50% of the area in use as studio or office space;
  • many rooms for presentations, studio’s for bachelor and master students, workshop rooms, rooms for lectures and conferences (like the Berlage conference rooms), meeting places, lounges, Restaurant Ketelhuis and Espressobar STERK).

The glasshouses are added to fulfil the need for more space, the ambition to accomodate the modelling studio in the centre of the building (South) and room for an exhibition with the ‘Tribune’ (East). Designers are Octatube (overall structure) and Fokkema & partners (interior), MVRDV (‘Tribune’), in collaboration with staff members (modelling studios) and Henk van der Geest (lighting).

The ‘labyrinth’ of the building (floors and many mezzanines) requires a clear system of room numbers and signs. The larger the sign, the closer you are to your destination.

Wall of Names

  • The Wall of Names contains hundreds of national and international architects and urban designers (what determined size, location and height, will remain a secret).


  • The chairs exhibited in the corridor are part of the famous Bouwkunde collection, with chairs made by designers like Rietveld, Maarten van Severen, Charles & Ray Eames and Jasper Morrison.

The library, with its famous ‘counter of books’ (made with redundant books), was designed by Fokkema & partners, and has more than:

  • 35.000 books
  • 14.000 maps
  • 550 atlases
  • 260 magazine titels

Design team of BK City

The design team was led by the dean of the Faculty of Architecture (Wyte Patijn) and accompanied by the chairmen of the teams for brief (Alexandra den Heijer) construction (Johan Hogervoorst) and facilites (Dennis Cruyen). All teams were represented in the project group (led by Hans Wamelink).

  • Wytze Patijn (chairman)
  • Braaksma & Roos: Job Roos (co-ordinating architect), Simon Streit, Marianne van der Sanden, Mandy Dekkers
  • Fokkema & Partners: Diederik Fokkema, Noelle Huijgen, Marieke van Schaaijk, Annechien Nolen, Bram van Hooren, Marieke Rombout
  • Jong: Herman Kossmann, Mark de Jong, Nienke Bouwhuis, Robert van der Linde
  • MVRDV: Winy Maas, Anton Wubben
  • Octatube Nederland bv: Mick Eekhout, Wiebe van Houten
  • 2012Architecten: Jan Jongert, Frank Feder
  • Design Team VITRA (Nederland)
  • Other designers: Richard Hutten, Bertjan Pot, Henk van der Geest


video on the KTH fire in 2011.