Work began on building the House in 1989, and Roxburgh’s dream became a reality in 1990 when the building exterior and much of the interior and craftwork were completed by his team of architects, designers, builders and craftsmen. Recession in the early Nineties forced the project to be temporarily halted but resumed in 1994, revived by collaboration between Glasgow City Council and the Glasgow School of Art with the House finally opened to the public in 1996.
Mackintosh believed architecture was the supreme discipline, as it uniquely brought all the arts together. To understand his work, it must be seen as a complete unit rather than as individual components. His aim was to connect individuals with his work both functionally and spiritually. He believed this could be achieved through a series of carefully balancing opposites: modernity with tradition, the masculine with the feminine, light with dark and the sensual with the chaste.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh, architect, designer and artist, is an even more enigmatic figure today than when he was alive. The astonishing modernity of his work has long ensured him a place of prominence among the pioneers of the Modern Movement.
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