A reconstruction of Mackintosh's 1901 design, completed 75 years later

A reconstruction of Mackintosh's 1901 design, completed 75 years later

The straight-lined emphasis of the Entrance Hall, with subtle organic accents

The straight-lined emphasis of the Entrance Hall, with subtle organic accents

The Dining Room provides a rare and uniquely formal setting for a private gathering

The Dining Room provides a rare and uniquely formal setting for a private gathering

Quintessential Mackintosh in the Music Room  — an absolutely delightful event space

Quintessential Mackintosh in the Music Room — an absolutely delightful event space

Private dining in the Music room in extraordinary Mackintosh style

Private dining in the Music room in extraordinary Mackintosh style

Take your affair outdoors on the terrace of House for an Art Lover

Take your affair outdoors on the terrace of House for an Art Lover

  • A reconstruction of Mackintosh's 1901 design, completed 75 years later
  • The straight-lined emphasis of the Entrance Hall, with subtle organic accents
  • The Dining Room provides a rare and uniquely formal setting for a private gathering
  • Quintessential Mackintosh in the Music Room  — an absolutely delightful event space
  • Private dining in the Music room in extraordinary Mackintosh style
  • Take your affair outdoors on the terrace of House for an Art Lover

House for an Art Lover

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An award-winning 1901 design by Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh for a house that was finally built over 75 years later.

The work of Scottish architect and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh did not draw attention and worldwide acclaim until well after his death. He was a forefather of the modern movement in design, and he developed his own distinctive style that has become the pride of Glasgow. Mackintosh believed in the functionality and rules of geometry that are required of architecture. He expressed his artistic and spiritual side by integrating organic shapes and natural colors into virtually all areas of his buildings. It is the balance he created between the straight lines of formality, representing the new world order, and the curved lines and fluid shapes of the passing Art Nouveau era..

The House for an Art Lover is one of the best examples of Mackintosh’s lasting appeal and has a unusual story behind it. The house was constructed almost 75 years after it was designed. In 1901, Mackintosh and his wife Margaret McDonald entered a design competition to create a residence for a private art collector. The intent was to actually construct the house; therefore, the design entries had to meet specific requirements relating to the submitted plans.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances all too familiar to design professionals, Mackintosh did not meet all of the requirements for submission by the deadline; however, because his design was considered  “.. of absolutely original character, unlike anything else known,”  he was given an award especially created for his entry. All of the winning plans circulated throughout Europe, and Mackintosh’s design was well received but never built.

It wasn’t until 1987 that a local Scottish engineer, Graham Roxburgh, had the great idea to construct the “House for an Art Lover” based on Mackintosh’s 1901 plans. Roxburgh immediately began the construction, and it was completed with the assistance of the Glasgow City Council and Glasgow School of Art.

The exterior of House for an Art Lover was constructed as closely as possible to Mackintosh’s (incomplete) drawings. The interiors of the house, for which Mackintosh and McDonald provided very detailed drawings, are referred to as “The Mackintosh Suite.” These rooms include the Entrance Hall, Music room, Dining Room, and Oval Room. All of these spaces are distinctly Mackintosh (and/or McDonald?), and any can be rented for meetings, private dinners, and social receptions.

 

Images courtesy of House for an Art Lover

Awards and certifications

Below are the awards and accolades gained by House for an Art Lover

Contact details

House for an Art Lover
Bellahouston Park
10 Dumbreck Road
Glasgow G41 5BW
44.0141.353.4770
www.houseforanartlover.co.uk