Willow Tea Rooms, Mackintosh Glasgow, Architect, Photos, Location, Visitor Centre Design
Willow Tea Rooms, Glasgow
Visitor Centre for Rennie Mackintosh Tea Rooms, Sauchiehall Street Interior, Scotland
23 July 2020
Mackintosh at the Willow
Help Save Mackintosh at the Willow is live on Crowdfunder.
With one day left the trust has met their £20,000 target, so far reaching £20,655. This fund request is to allow the premises to survive through lockdown.
The Willow Tea Rooms Trust were able to re-open the historic tea rooms building in June 2018, as Mackintosh at the Willow, with the addition of meeting rooms, an interactive exhibition and retail store in the adjoining building next door.
The Trust raisied funds in June and July 2020 to be able to continue its work in providing creative learning and educational services as well as the protection of the historic building. Donations go directly towards the conservation of the remarkable building at 217 Sauchiehall Street.
A full set of new interior photos is located here:
24 Aug 2016
Willow Tea Rooms Glasgow
Phone the Willow Tea Rooms: 0141 332 0521
Willow Tearooms Visitor Centre
Simpson & Brown Architects‘ proposals for the upgrade of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Willow Tearooms at Sauchiehall St, to form an adjoining visitor centre.
This will be facilitated by the construction of a double-height rear extension housing a shop, exhibition space and dining room for the A-listed café with a roof terrace, auditorium, conference suite and billiard room.
Simpson & Brown will also help conserver the existing fabric plus integrate new services and lifts. The design team includes Studioarc, Rybka, David Narro Associates, Alliance CDM, Building Learning and People Friendly Design.
The £7m redevelopment aims to be completed by the 150th anniversary of Mackintosh’s birth in 2018.
The architecture competition winning scheme is for the Willow Tea Rooms Trust.
The Willow Tea Rooms
Address: 217 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
Location: northwest part of city centre, not far from Glasgow School of Art
Architect: Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Willow Tea Rooms Architect : Rennie Mackintosh
Building status: A-listed – Rennie Mackintosh Interior
Glasgow Tea Rooms for Kate Cranston. Mackintosh added the Willow Tea Rooms bow-windowed façade to an existing commercial building. The long window at first floor crosses the whole facade and looks forward to Modernism: it looks out from the Room de Luxe, a room that uses a dominant grey palette.
The first tea room you reach above the jewellers is the White Room with interesting cut-outs in the plan. The Room de Luxe is reached circuitously by another flight of steps at the north side of the lower ‘restaurant’.
There is a similar Mackintosh Tea Room at 97 Buchanan Street, Glasgow’s other main shopping thoroughfare, dating from 1997.
Alley of the Willows
The Willow title originates from the Gaelic translation of Sauchiehall, ‘alley of the willows’ ie Sauchie = willow. The motif of the willow is integral to the Tea Room’s interior.
Room de Luxe
The Room de Luxe was recreated by Anne Mulhern in 1983. The Gallery too was recreated, in 1996. Thus visitors could once more get an idea of what the Willow Tea Rooms as designed by Mackintsoh really looked like.
The “Willow Tea Rooms” at 97 Buchanan Street is located next door to the original Kate Cranston Tea Rooms. Buchanan Street Tea Rooms contains the recreated White Dining Room and Chinese Room both from Ingram Street.
CR Mackintosh’s involvement with Kate Cranston started at the Buchanan
Street Tea Rooms, 91-93 Buchanan Street.
Mackintosh worked with Cranston from 1897 to 1917 in all four of her Glasgow Tea Rooms, including the Ingram Street Tea Rooms and Argyle Street Tea Rooms.
Contact the Willow Tea Rooms: 44 (0)141 332 0521 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Buchanan Street Tea Rooms
photograph © Adrian Welch
Buchanan Street Tea Rooms
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