Architecture Anoraks

Down at the botton of my road in Hampstead is one of the National Trust’s modernist properties built in 1939 by architect Erno Goldfinger at 2 Willow Road (amazing surname!).  There is always a tour group hanging around it but if it wasn’t for the sandwich board pointing it out you’d walk straight past.

The National Trust is opening the doors (from March) of another one if its modernist properties, High Cross House in Devon as a showcase of clean lines and innovation in contrast to Victorian and Edwardian architecture.

But my favourite modern design by far is Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s House for an Art Lover in Glasgow.  The first image above is the wonderful architect’s illustration of the Music Room inside the property and the image below is of the exterior:

Charles Rennie Mackintosh created the designs for a competition in 1901 but construction of the house did not start until 1987.  It is so beautiful inside and out and innovative in both design and colour palette.  It remains contemporary and elegant even though much modern architecture can turn into an eyesore in a matter of years or even while it is being constructed!

Mackintosh and his designer wife, Margaret Macdonald, jointly submitted the final designs and are copied and inspire designers even now. The House for an Art Lover is in Bellahouston Park and there is a divine cafe to sit back and soak up the sensory delights!



2 Comments to “Architecture Anoraks”

  1. I absolutely love CRM – thank you so much for this article!

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