Glasgow architecture tours

Glasgow architecture walks and guided tours

Architectural trip to Glasgow with ArtchitectoursThe Scottish city of Glasgow is an architectural paradise. The red and yellow sandstone of the Victorians, the Italian-style towers and the medieval steeples live in harmony with the neo-gothic towers, the sensuality of modernism by Mackintosh and the titanium, glass, and steel structures of the contemporary city.

Glasgow became an important religious and academic city en the 16th century. As it developed, its center began to expand with Victorian buildings in what now is known as “Merchant City”, including new public buildings like the City Chambers or the Mitchell Library. Glasgow has always been in the shadow of Edinburgh. Although they are distinct cities, there is nothing to be envied. It is no longer gray after the post-industrial decline, but has reemerged as an artistic cultural center. From its glory days, you can still see buildings from the Victorian court and art collections displayed in museums and galleries like the Pollock House, the Burrel Collection,  the Gallery of Modern Art and the Hunterian Museum.

Scotsman Charles Rennie Mackintosh, architect, designer and watercolorist was fundamentally important in the Arts and Crafts movement. We can visit some of his works on different tours guided by our architects. Mackintosh, together with his group of 3 collaborators known as The Four, turned the city into one of the most important Art Nouveau centers in Europe. You can still see examples of his work in Glasgow, complemented by the design of his partner, decorator and graphic artist Margaret MacDonald. Among there are the School of Arts building, the Hill House, King´s Cross church, the Willow tea rooms and “House for an Art Lover,” built almost 100 years after the town hall based on their project. We will also point out The Light House, the old headquarters of the Glasgow Herald, and the Mackintosh House itself.

Glasgow doesn’t just live in the past. The reformation of the north shores and south of the Clyde River have brought with it wonderful buildings like the SECC by Norman Foster (or Clyde Auditorium, known as “Armadillo”).  Zaha Hadid has also left her mark on the city with the Riverside Museum and it’s impressive shape like a wave. New projects are in the works in this vibrant and exciting city. There is much to discover and we would be delighted to show you!

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