To honour the legacy of Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Glasgow is holding a year-long celebration with events, talks and exhibits. Here are five must-see landmarks to help understand his impact.
Ask locals to pick their favourite building in the city and many will name this Spanish baroque structure in the West End. Though not designed by Mackintosh, it houses the world’s largest permanent display dedicated to his work, and 2018 welcomes a new Mackintosh exhibition showcasing designs that haven’t been seen in a generation.
Built in two phases from 1897 to 1909, Mackintosh’s masterpiece was ravaged by a fire in May 2014, but is on its way to recovery. While the interiors remain closed, you can drop by the site’s Visitor Centre and Mackintosh Furniture Gallery. Spot flashes of Scottish baronial style, splashes of Japanese architectural detail and gain insight into Mackintosh’s genius.
Ground zero for Mackintosh, this was the first public commission the architect completed (in 1895). A mix of old and new—it has four floors of exhibition spaces that act as a catalyst for the next generation of creatives—it’s also where you can find the Mackintosh Tower, an observation gallery with unrivalled views across Glasgow’s rooftops.
A brick-by-brick recreation of the place the designer called home from 1906 to 1914, this walk-through installation at the University of Glasgow’s flagship museum is the ultimate homage to Mackintosh’s legacy. The furniture on display is his design, as are the fireplace, staircase, windows, doors, fixtures and fittings.
Mackintosh tried his hand at houses, mansions and schools, but only one church. Now an arts venue and the HQ of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society, this inspired sanctuary is renowned for its stained glass, stonework and relief wood-carving. Like most of his designs, light and space are amped-up to the max.
Getting there: WestJet flies to Glasgow once a day from Halifax starting April 29.