Rebuilt in 1981 following Rennie Mackintosh’s original plan and interior design, this tiny construction is the real pearl inside the Hunterian Art Gallery. Located in the West End, across the street from the University of Glasgow, the Mackintosh House is really the best place to see to discover the life and creations of this fellow Glaswegian and his talented wife.
Putting aside the story of its reconstruction, this house really has lots of things to tell about itself and its owners. Once inside, I suggest taking a look at the Mackintoshes’ original furniture: all the darkest shades of brown seem to be fighting with the natural light coming from the windows, creating a contrast that slowly decreases as you climb up the stairs that lead to the living room. Here the atmosphere changes radically, in a way that is so modern it will make you forget the ripe old age of the construction.
To know more of Mackintosh’s artistic beliefs and creations feel free to ask the staff inside each room. Most of them are art students, and they all are extremely competent and friendly! Another thing to know is that the House can only host twelve people at a time, which is ideal for making the most of this little gem without feeling rushed or neglected by the guides.
One last advice: before you leave, make sure you visit the bookshop. You will find loads of lovely souvenirs at every price range!