Charles Rennie Mackintosh is perhaps the best-known of Glasgow’s architectural treasures, and the House for an Art Lover is something of a celebration of his work. Originally drafted as “Haus eines Kunstfreundes”, the House was not constructed until after Mackintosh’s death. Situated in Bellahouston Park in Ibrox, the house stands as a visitor attraction and wedding venue, with a café serving lunches and a shop selling various products inspired by Mackintosh’s work. The lunches are a little on the expensive side, while the souvenirs offer something at every price range. The café often holds exhibitions of contemporary visual art.
The house itself is breathtaking in its design. The original plans were drawn up as a competition entry rather than a commission, so Mackintosh was able to work unfettered by client specifications, letting his imagination run rampant. Everything about the layout and detailing of the rooms is unique, with distinctive Mackintosh touches at every corner. Of particular note is the gorgeous music room, dominated at one end by a magnificent piano with carvings which stretch to the ceiling.
It’s a little farther out than other Mackintosh classics like the Glasgow Art School (check out the article) and the Willow Tea Rooms, but still well worth a visit. Bellahouston park lies next to a major bus route and is about ten minutes’ walk from Ibrox subway. The park merits a visit in its own right, featuring an artificial ski slope and several children’s play areas.