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House For An Art Lover, Glasgow

The House of an Art Lover in Glasgow

The House for an Art Lover in Glasgow

The House for an Art Lover, sited near a walled garden, was designed for people who wish to delve into luxury. The original plan of this decorous country retreat was created by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for a competition to design a House for an Art Lover. The challenge was to design a house exuding a purely modern style. In November 1900, Mackintosh came to know about the competition when he went to Vienna along with his wife, the artist, Margaret MacDonald to display their work. The couple had been working together even before their marriage that took place in August 1900. Mackintosh handled the task of space planning and the architecture, while MacDonald worked upon the interiors. She used her hallmark Gesso Panels, lavish embroideries, and graceful stencils.

Unfortunately, due to the late submission of certain views of the interior section of the house, their entry was declared as disqualified. However, the impressed judges awarded Mackintosh a remarkable prize of 600 Marks for the imposing design, and idiosyncratic color schemes.

The year 1989 was a turning point for Mackintosh’s concept house. The Consulting Engineer Graham Roxburgh was handed over the responsibility of revamping the house. He envisioned the plan of building the House for an Art Lover. The task of interpreting the drawings of Mackintosh was onerous, as the drawings didn’t project any technical plan for constructing a house. A team of architects working under Professor Andy MacMillan, began the behemoth task of constructing the house. Just before the installation of the cornerstone of the building, the drawings had to be worked upon. The team took ideas from Mackintosh’s other works to interpret the drawings and fill in the gaps. Interestingly, the site chosen for the construction of the house resembled the place visualized by Mackintosh for the House for an Art Lover.

Take a tour of the house to experience the artistic creations at their best. The heart-stealing Entrance Hall, Oval Room, Music Room, and the Dining Room are some of the parts of the house. The Art Lovers Café offers exotic cuisine in an equally exotic setting. Visit the café anytime between 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and enjoy fine dining. The café also offers a terrace for al fresco dining (which operates if the weather is pleasant).

Various parts of the house can be hired for weddings, meetings, etc.

Location Map of the House for an Art Lover

Location Map of the House for an Art Lover

Location Map of the House for an Art Lover

Facts about Location Map of the House

  • The construction of the House for an Art Lover began in 1989.
  • The house was erected on the site of an ancient mansion Ibrox Hill House, which got destroyed in 1913.

Where is  the house for an art lover ?

The House for an Art Lover is located in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow. It is just 10 minutes away from Glasgow City Centre. The house can be reached within 15 minutes from the Glasgow Airport via the M8 route, depending upon the traffic.

Address: Bellahouston Park, 10 Dumbreck Road, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G41 5BW, United Kingdom

Best time to visit  the House for an Art Lover

Glasgow experiences pleasant weather in the months of March through August. You may plan your tour of the House for an Art Lover accordingly.

The House for an art lover hours

The house opens usually from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. On weekends, it may close at 12:30 p.m. or 2:00 p.m.. Check the official website for current timings, before visiting the house.

The House for an art lover tickets

The tickets to the house include the audio guide. An entry ticket for an adult costs £4.50, while for a child above 10 years of age, the ticket costs £3.00. A family ticket, for 2 adults and 2 children is priced at £12.00.

More about the house for an art lover

What are the coordinates of the House for an Art Lover?
55.846457, -4.314204

What are some interesting places near the House for an Art Lover?
Kelvingrove Art Gallery, the Riverside Museum, People’s Palace, Glasgow Necropolis, and Burrell Collection.


Image CreditDavid MackayDalbera

Published On: Wednesday, June 4th, 2014