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

Design: Charles Rennie Mackintosh Architect

23 July 2020

Mackintosh at the Willow

Help Save Mackintosh at the Willow is live on Crowdfunder.

building interior 1903:
Willow Tea Rooms Glasgow building interior 1903
building interior photo courtesy of The Willow Tea Rooms Trust (WTRT)

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.

original baldaccino:
Willow Tea Rooms Glasgow baldaccino
property interior photo courtesy of the WTRT

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.

building refurbishment:
Willow Tea Rooms Glasgow building refurb
property interior photo courtesy of the WTRT

The Trust raised 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:

Willow Tea Rooms Salon de Luxe

Photo by Adrian Welch taken on 16 Apr 2011:
Willow Tea Rooms Glasgow building
217 Sauchiehall Street photo © Adrian Welch

24 Aug 2016

Willow Tea Rooms Glasgow

Phone the Willow Tea Rooms: 0141 332 0521

Willow Tearooms Visitor Centre

Willow Tearooms Visitor Centre
217 Sauchiehall Street property interior photo courtesy of the WTRT

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
Built: 1904

Willow Tea Rooms Glasgow Rennie Mackintosh
217 Sauchiehall Street building photo © Adrian Welch

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.

Willow Tea Rooms
photograph © Adrian Welch

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.

Key Rooms:-
Room de Luxe
The Gallery

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 building as designed by Mackintsoh really looked like.

This innovative building 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. The website for this property is www.willowtearooms.co.uk.

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: 44 (0)141 332 0521 / [email protected]

Buchanan Street Tea Rooms
Buchanan St Tea Rooms
photograph © Adrian Welch
Buchanan Street Tea Rooms

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