Following the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh last year, the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society is launching an open, international Mackintosh Architectural Competition. Based on two hypothetical ideal houses for artists, envisaged by Mackintosh in 1900, the competition invites participants to contribute designs for a contemporary pair of houses that explore variations on a theme.
The competition, Twin Dwellings of Singular Interest, seeks entries for contemporary re-imaginings of Mackintosh’s ideal house for an artist couple. Entrants will be required to research Mackintosh’s domestic designs as well as his work generally. Submitted designs should reflect the requirements of modern contemporary life experienced in the 21st century.
Mackintosh’s design philosophy was solidly rooted in Scottish tradition; he disregarded the architecture of Greece and Rome as unsympathetic to the needs of Scotland. He believed that a revival of the Scottish Baronial style adapted to modern society would meet contemporary needs. His buildings clearly demonstrate this belief as they possess an inherent quality of abstract beauty. The competition is such a great opportunity for students and practitioners to explore and develop their own beliefs and architectural convictions, in a similar manner to that of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Competition entry forms are available on the society’s website.