Mackintosh Design at house for an Art Lover

Mackintosh Design at house for an Art Lover, Glasgow

Today, I took two guests on a Charles Rennie Mackintosh architecture themed tour of Glasgow.

Mackintosh (1868-1928) was a talented designer and architect with wide ranging skills covering paintings, chairs, furniture and a wide array of domestic use items through to complete buildings. He was primarily focused on design of places to be inhabited with focus on tooms, light and material. He worked closely with his wife, Margaret MacDonald plus two others, Herbert MacNair and Francis MacDonald. These were collectively known as the ‘Glasgow Four’ who worked within the Glasgow School of Art around 1890-1910 producing decorative works of furniture, architecture, panels, embroideries and graphic material.¬†

We commenced our tour with a visit to House for an Art Lover  which was designed 1901 but not completed until nearly a century later. The design was submitted to a German magazine competition and was awarded a special prize but thereafter languished. However, a site became available in 1989 and the building eventually completed in 1996.

Music Room at house for an Art Lover

Music Room at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

Music Room at House for an Art Lover

Music Room at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

House for an Art Lover benefits from a colourful and immaculately maintained garden  which we also visited. 

Colourful Garden at House for Art Lover

Colourful Garden at House for Art Lover, Glasgow

Next, we travelled to the nearby Scotland Street School Museum. This was a designed by Mackintosh as a school between 1903 and 1906. It proved to be Mackintosh’s last public commission in Glasgow. From an architecture perspective, Mackintosh reversed tradition and gave the towers with conical roofs walls of glass with narrow stone mullions. Spiral stairs were replaced by straight flights which benefited from the light which streams into them. Verticality of the towers were played off against the horizontal nature of the rest of the building. Mackintosh also made use of the south facing rear to optimise natural light benefits.

Drill Hall, Scotland Street School

Drill Hall, Scotland Street School, Glasgow

Design Detail at Scotland Street School

Design Detail at Scotland Street School, Glasgow

South Facing Rear at Scotland St School

Next we drove past Mackintosh’s Queen’s Cross Church ¬†( unfortunately closed today) and on to nearby Ruchill Church Hall¬†. This building is still used for its original purpose as a community centre. The Hall was designed 1899 and consists of two halls and two committee rooms.

Ruchill Church Hall, Glasgow

Ruchill Church Hall, Glasgow, Scotland

Design Detail at Ruchill Church Hall

Design Detail at Ruchill Church Hall, Glasgow

Next we drove into the centre of Glasgow for lunch at Stereo Restaurant which is inside the former Daily Record Building, a Mackintosh design from 1901. The exterior was clad in white glazed brick on upper floors with Art Nouveau style tiles at ground level. The interior was clad with white glazed tiles.

Daily Record Building, Glasgow

Daily Record Building, Glasgow, Scotland

After lunch we walked round to the Lighthouse ( 1893-1895) which was the former Glasgow Herald Building featuring the Mackintosh Tower. Here we visited a floor dedicated to Mackintosh incorporating technology, original objects and time-lines chronicling Mackintosh’s contributions to architecture and design.¬†

Mackintosh Exhibition, Lighthouse

Mackintosh Exhibition, Lighthouse, Glasgow

Lighthouse, Glasgow

Lighthouse, Glasgow, Scotland

Next to the Glasgow School of Art where guests availed of a one hour tour. This building is acknowledged as Mackintosh’s masterpiece. Due to financial constraints, half was completed in 1899 and the western end a decade later in 1909 when Mackintosh was 41 years of age. It has been called the most important building worldwide in that decade. The north facade exactly reflects the internal plan of the building resulting in a¬† masterpiece of balanced asymmetry with entrance at the centre of the building.

Entrance to Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow

Entrance to Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland

 Next to the nearby Willow Tea Rooms  for afternoon tea. These date from 1903-4 and were designed by Mackintosh for Catherine Cranston who was the inspiration for the tea rooms concept targeted at the female market of the day.

Willow Tea Rooms, Sauchiehall Street

Willow Tea Rooms, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

Finally, we called in for a brief visit to the new Riverside Museum  and the Tall Ship which offer a vantage point for superb views of Glasgow  and the Clyde. 

 With tour concluded, guests were returned to hotel near Kelvingrove.

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