The Lighthouse Design and Architecture

Landmark Rennie Mackintosh-designed exhibition space dedicated to architecture, design and the city. The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture, is a visitor centre, exhibition space and events venue situated in the heart of Glasgow, just off the Style Mile. The Lighthouse acts as a beacon for the creative industries in Scotland and promotes design and architecture through a vibrant programme of exhibitions and events. Formerly housing The Glasgow Herald, The Lighthouse was the first public commission completed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and is the perfect place to begin a Mackintosh tour of Glasgow.

From 1999 until 2009 The Lighthouse was under the management of The Lighthouse Trust. Ownership of The Lighthouse transferred to Glasgow City Council in 2010 and remains an asset of Glasgow City Council today. For cutting-edge art and design exhibitions throughout the year, as well as permanent attractions including the ‘Mack’ Centre, which celebrates the life and work of one of Glasgow’s most famous sons, Charles Rennie Mackintosh (who designed the historic part of The Lighthouse, originally The Herald newspaper building). Also, for panoramic views over Glasgow’s cityscape – from two locations. Don’t miss: Head to The Mackintosh Tower, which is accessible via a helical staircase from the third floor. If the climb sounds a bit much, the modern viewing platform on the sixth floor is reachable via lift.

Glasgow Multi-Entry Multi-Directional Visitors Guide © Simon Newbound

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