Glasgow School of Art

Glasgow School of Art

Glasgow School of Art is regarded as Mackintosh’s architectural masterpiece – being not only innovative and his largest project, but perhaps one of the most influential buildings ever constructed in Great Britain. It combines his love of nature, with his travels to Italy and Europe. Art Nouveau style influenced his designs greatly. The school was built in two phases – the East Wing in 1897-1899 and the West Wing from 1907-1909.

Glasgow School of Art

Glasgow School of Art

Mackintosh was greatly concerned with the harmonious environment for both students and teachers. Much of Mackintosh’s inspiration for his design work came from nature, and from his sketching tours, where his drawings of traditional Scottish buildings were described as ‘honest, simple and unaffected’.

The interiors show Mackintosh’s concern to create a unified and harmonious working environment for both students and teachers. It has been described as:

‘A building designed primarily to fulfil its purpose well, with, of course, some artist’s license… It was the and remains Mackintosh’s most representative work, and it is undoubtedly his most important contribution to the New Movement’. Thomas Howarth

To visit the Glasgow School of Art website go to the Credits page

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