This morning we visited C.R.Mackintosh’s celebrated House for an Art Lover at 10 Dumbreck Road.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) was a designer and artist whose wide-ranging skills encompassed the the design of complete buildings-their foundations and structural steel, their sophisticated ventilation systems and their plumbing. His key strength was the design of places to be inhabited, rooms and sequences of rooms, their form, light and material.

In 1901 Mackintosh entered a competition set by a German design magazine which sought entries to design a ‘grand house in a thoroughly modern style.’, and challenged architects to develop ideas which were fresh and innovative.

Mackintosh and wife Margaret McDonald worked on the submission which, unfortunately, was disqualified for non-compliance with the competition rules. However, the designs were awarded a special prize ” for their pronounced personal quality, their novel and austere form and the uniform configuration of interior and exterior.”

The house was never completed in Mackintosh’s lifetime. Work commenced 1989 and finished 1996.

View the video for an appreciation of the house interior, exterior and nearby walled garden. Here is the link

For the artistically inclined visitor to Glasgow this is a “must”. Entrance charge is modest, photographs are permitted and their is an excellent cafe and gift shop. Beware: first check opening hours as the House is used for corporate events and weddings. Visit in conjunction with the equally famous Burrell Collection which is located close by.

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