Charles Rennie Mackintosh

A Glaswegian architect, that became an icon for the modernist movement. His stayed local to his roots; most of Mackintosh’s work is based in the city.

All his buildings contain a personal idiom and motif; upon seeing one of his buildings you can instantly recognise his work.

One his most well-known buildings is the Glasgow School of Art, built in 1909. The library wing is the key feature of the building. Large windows, tall ceilings and the stark, impressive right angles so easily recognisable in Mackintosh’s work.

The area is a dramatic, grandiose and yet also in its own right understated. It harmonises the delicate understanding and appreciation Mackintosh possessed for history and tradition, brought spectacularly into contemporary architectural design.

The galleries and ceiling of the library are support by a geometric web of beams and pillars compiled into a complex zig-zag and grid formation that bamboozles and wows the eye. It attracts students far and wide, and creates the epitome of inspiration for the young designers studying to head and envision the future of the surface for our homes, towns and cities.

The same talents can be appreciated in Mackintosh’s sketches and also in his jewellery designs.

 

 

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