House for an Art Lover, Glasgow, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s House for an Art Lover  in Dumbreck Road. This is just one of a portfolio of buildings left for posterity by Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928). Mackintosh was a Glasgow based artist and designer whose ranged from jewellery to graphics, from wall decoration to exhibited paintings, from pottery to vases to wood engraving. He also designed entire buildings including foundations, ventilation systems and plumbing. He was one of the ‘Glasgow Four’ which included his artist wife, Margaret McDonald.

The House for an Art Lover arose from a entry in a 1901 competition set by a German magazine which required plans for Haus Eines Kunstfreundes. This sought a design for ‘a grand house in a thoroughly modern style’ and challenged architects to develop ideas which were fresh and innovative.  Mackintosh and Margaret McDonald worked on the submission but were disqualified due to technical no-compliance with the rules. However the couple were awarded a special prize “for their pronounced personal quality, their novel and austere form and the uniform configuration of interior and exterior.”

Although designed in 1901 a suitable site did not become available until the 1980s. Construction commenced 1989 and finished 1996.

Here is the music room (set up in readiness for a wedding function).

Music Room, house for Art Lover

Music Room, house for Art Lover, Glasgow

Light fitting.

Light Fitting, House for Art Lover

Light Fitting, House for Art Lover, Glasgow

Oval Room

Oval Room, House for Art Lover

Oval Room, House for Art Lover, Glasgow

Dining Room

Dining Room, House for an Art Lover

Dining Room, House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

Fireplace

Fireplace, House for an Art Lover

Fireplace, House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

House for Art Lover garden. This is usually a riot of colour in Spring and Summer.

Garden at House for an Art Lover

Garden at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

This site is invariably included in my Mackintosh tours  of Glasgow.

Be Sociable, Share!