To celebrate the opening of buildings all over the UK as part of a nationwide festival of architecture this month, we’ll be exploring some of Britain’s lesser known architectural highlights, starting with 78 Derngate.
I lived in Glasgow for a few years where Charles Rennie Mackintosh did almost all his best work and is rightly seen as a local hero. But until recently I didn’t know he’d designed anything outside Scotland, much less that you can find a genuine slice of Mackintosh genius in Northampton. Despite being nearly 100 years old, the interior of 78 Derngate is boldly modern with Mackintosh’s trademark flourishes including striking geometric patterns and daring modernist designs. 78 Derngate also incorporates a gallery with regularly changing exhibitions and events.