A Mackintosh shrine: Scotland Street School Museum

Just opposite Sheilds Road subway station, Scotland Street School is a school building designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh between 1903 and 1906.  Sadly, the school fell into decline in the 1970s and was closed.  Luckily though, the school is now a museum and is open for free to to the public.

Even from the outside of the building it is pretty clear the two enormous windows are the focal attractions of the building.  These windows run the full height of the school and curve out in to the school yard.  The glass includes many of Macintosh's floral motifs.

Gorgeous windows:  1/125, f5.6, ISO 250 @ 18mm

Gorgeous windows:  1/125, f5.6, ISO 250 @ 18mm

Charles Rennie Mackintosh flower motif: 1/500, f2.8, ISO 100 @ 50mm.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh flower motif: 1/500, f2.8, ISO 100 @ 50mm.

Although the windows are the obvious stars of this building there are many other lovely Mackintosh touches on show.  Mackintosh's use of nature and natural colours are used throughout; green white, brown and blue are used throughout the whole building.

Door in the museum: 1/60, f4.5, ISO 400 @ 18mm.

Door in the museum: 1/60, f4.5, ISO 400 @ 18mm.

Visiting the museum made a refreshing change.  The interiors are fantastically photographable - had it not been for the lack of light - even those enormous windows don’t provide enough to photograph the interior without boosting ISO settings.  Nonetheless, Mackintosh’s design elements use colour, contrast and symmetry, there compositions aplenty throughout.  Give it a visit.


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