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House for an Art Lover Glasgow

The House for an Art Lover is situated within the beautiful landscape of Bellahouston Park, House for an Art Lover today represents one of Glasgow’s most popular visitor attractions.
Situated in a beautiful parkland setting and adjacent to magnificent Victorian Walled Gardens, House for an Art Lover is a truly unique venue.
Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, House for an Art Lover represents one of the most exciting pieces of recent research on Glasgow’s most famous architect and provides an excellent resource for visitors as a cultural attraction and exclusive private dining venue.

In 1901, Glasgow’s most famous architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh entered a competition to design a House for an Art Lover. The competition was 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 worked on his submission together with his new wife, Margaret Macdonald, a decorative artist. The result was a portfolio of outstanding designs,which have since been admired by Mackintosh enthusiasts throughout the world.

Whilst the Mackintosh’s entry was disqualified from the competition on the grounds of late submission, 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.

For the first time, Mackintosh and Macdonald were allowed complete freedom of artistic expression, their designs not conforming to client specification and demand.

Hermann Muthesius, architect and critic, writing in the preface to the later published porfolio of competition designs, praised the design of the House: ‘it exhibits an absolutely original character, unlike anything else known.’

Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s competition entry has been admired by scholars and Mackintosh enthusiasts alike over the last century. The spirit and tenacity of consulting engineer, Graham Roxburgh, led to the idea of building the House in the late eighties. Over one hundred years after the designs were first created, the House now stands completed in Bellahouston Park.


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