Visiting the House

2011 ExteriorThe Mackintosh Suite

The exterior of the House for an Art Lover has been realised, in materials, craftsmanship and dimensions, as closely as possible to the Mackintosh designs of 1901.  Take a stroll around the House and into the nearby walled garden.  You will see that the House sits comfortably in its parkland surroundings, almost as if Mackintosh himself had selected the setting.

Inside the House, Mackintosh designed the entire layout of rooms but he and his wife provided detailed interior designs for only the double height Entrance Hall, the Dining Room, Oval Room and Music Room*.  This group of rooms have been realised in breathtaking detail together with the Main Staircase and Gallery and is referred to as ‘The Mackintosh Suite’, to which visitors are welcome at most times.

As the Mackintosh Suite is also be hired out for wedding celebrations and corporate events, you are advised to check this website for opening times or phone 0141 353 4770 prior to your visit.

*  Mackintosh also provided a detailed design of a third floor nursery but the interiors are incomplete and this room is not accessible at present.

The Main Hall

Main Hall

The Main Hall is entered through a relatively small and protective front door which gives access through a similar lobby. Turning left through double doors into the Hall, gives entry to a dark-panelled, but magical, two storey space.  The crux of the arrangement is the connection of the Hall with the other principal rooms in a harmonious suite. This is resolved in a masterly way with a direct and open connection to the Dining Room through sliding doors.  Beneath the upper gallery, two double access doors hint, through their twinkling stained glass lights, of delights to come in the south-facing Music Room beyond.  Read More...     

The Dining Room

Dining Room

The familiar high-back chairs and a dining table are the main focus in the centre of the Dining Room. Around the walls a series of intricate gesso panels have been created and developed in interpretation of the tiny details portrayed, by Margaret, in the original design. Illustrating the ‘Life of the Rose’, these panels lend emphasis to her wide decorative influence within the design of the House.  Read More...                                    

The Music Room

Music Room

In contrast to the restrained Main Hall and intimate Dining Room, the Music Room is an extravaganza in white, rose, violet and green, with metallic silver and gold.  In sunshine, the patterns of the window panes create a feast of light and shadow across the carpeted floor.  Here can be visualised the Mackintoshes at the height of their design creativity. Read More...

The Oval Room

Oval Room
This was originally the Ladies Room, where Edwardian ladies were expected to withdraw after dining with their gentlemen.  It is delicately formed in an oval shape, Mackintosh’s customary feminine symbol. The oval shape is expressed throughout the room incorporating the window as well the fireplace, wall cupboards and the stained glass ceiling light. Read More...

The Lower Gallery

This design, which runs alongside the Entrance Hall, is only indicated in plan on Mackintosh’s drawings. The detailing was derived from a similar space in Mackintosh’s Windyhill - especially the lanterns, which light its full length.  Two tall windows opposite the Oval Room overlook a small square entrance forecourt. Read More...

The Upper Gallery

Accessed from the Main Staircase, this runs east-west across the upper part of the Entrance Hall. Supported on broad columns below, this gallery forms a bridge linking the two ends of the House. In turn, slender columns support a shallow arched structure above.  The scheme of decoration matches the Hall in its sombre male tones, which are relieved by delicate silvery light fittings and small decorative emblems.  This gallery is also used to exhibit the past history and current activities of the House.

The Margaret MacDonald & Interpretation Rooms

Interpretation Room

The Margaret MacDonald Room provides visitors with a fascinating insight to the creation of the artwork for House for an Art Lover based on Mackintosh’s portfolio of drawings. An extensive research programme into the methods, techniques and materials used by Mackintosh and Margaret MacDonald was undertaken and this is visually represented to the visitor within this room.

The Interpretation Room uses Apple Mac computers to tell the broader history of the House and its designers and highlights points of interest unique to Bellahouston Park (the setting where the House stands) such as the 1938 British Empire Exhibition. During the six month duration of the Empire Exhibition, 13million people were counted through the turnstiles to see Bellahouston Park transformed into a city of striking modernist architecture, wide boulevards, fountains and other stunning water features.

Read more about Charles Rennie Mackintosh Here

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