The Scottish city of Glasgow is an architectural paradise; the reddish and yellowish sandstone of the Victorians, the Italian-style towers and the medieval fortified towers, coexist in harmony with the Neo-Gothic towers, the sensuality of Mackintosh’s modernism, a landmark in Edinburgh and Glasgow architecture, and the structures of titanium, glass and steel of the contemporary city. The renovation works on the north and south banks of the Clyde River have brought wonderful buildings such as Norman Foster‘s SECC or Zaha Hadid‘s Riverside Museum.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a Scottish architect, designer and watercolorist, who played an important role in the Arts and Crafts movement, and was also the leading exponent of Art Nouveau in Scotland. We can visit some of his works in:
The Willow Tearooms, on Sauchiehall Street. Glasgow.
Queen’s Cross Church on the outskirts. Located near the football stadium Partick Thistle to the north; Now it’s for the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society.
Old offices of The Herald in Mitchell Street; at present The Lighthouse: Scottish Center for Architecture, Design and Urbanism. Glasgow.
The Mackintosh House (interior decoration, reconstructed with the original furniture and its decoration in the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery). Glasgow.
• Craigie Hall Rowan Road, Glasgow.
• Martyrs School, on Parson Street, Townhead, Glasgow.
• The Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum, Glasgow.
• Ruchill Church Hall, Glasgow.
• Hill House, Helensburgh.
• House for an art lover (1901 project, later construction) Bellahouston Park.
• Scotland Street School, Glasgow. Currently: Scotland Street School Museum.
• Mackintosh School of Art Design: the Glasgow School of Art.
In an hour’s journey we will be in Edinburgh. The most interesting parts are found in the Old Town and the New Town (S XVIII) declared in 1995 World Heritage. We can see the Edinburgh Castle or the Palace of Holyroodhouse, official residence of the royal family in Scotland. The set of volumes that make up the new Parliament of Scotland is at the end of the historic Royal Mile.
Scottish Parliament of EMBT, Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue (2005): Its shapes, its colors, its constructive solutions exalt the natural resources of the place. The creativity of Miralles, who did not see his work completed, has been expressed above all in the Building of Members of Parliament. Awarded the 2005 Stirling Prize.