House for an Art Lover – Charles Mackintosh


Charles Mackintosh’s House for an Art lover was one of his more personal and expressive designs. Instead of having to fit a norm or requirements of a strict building plan he wanted to design a house that had mixed flow, both incorporating masculine and feminine ties and blurring lines of modern and contemporary. Although the house was finished and renovated with the hopes to follow in Mackintosh’s ideas and mindset, it actually was finally constructed by a civil engineer by the name of Graham Roxburgh. The house was actually designed for an art or architectural design competition set up by a German magazine, but later disqualified due to a late portfolio entry. So what may seem like a clear cut design and a straight forward look has plenty of architectural advances incorporated into the different structures of the house. Even though his design did not show in the competition side of things, he was still awarded for his design to tie the interior and exterior together and in a uniform fashion that continued throughout the entire house.

Mackintosh was a strong believer that architects should be granted the same freedoms as artists in terms of expressing their thoughts in different ways that in a different train of thought could still please the eyes and onlookers. He was very forward about his opinions of mixing and blurring the lines of abstract and natural thoughts. I think its interesting that he took the chances of changing some of the more repetitive looking plans for houses back in the early 1900‘s. Mackintosh kept the clean light grey, almost white, exterior an darker roof, but then through in somewhat of a gold/tan accent down the front and back of the house to make it look more like a mansion of royalty in my opinion. The white exterior of the house really pops out as well with the surrounding green trees and long flat grounds surrounding the house. Today the house is a venue and tourist attraction all on its own, but also is open for private and other specific public venues and art exhibitions.

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