The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture
The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture is a visitor centre, exhibition space and events venue in the heart of Glasgow. The Lighthouse acts as a beacon for the creative industries in Scotland and promotes design and architecture through a creative programme of exhibitions and events.
The Lighthouse is housed in the former Glasgow Herald building, the first public commission completed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and is the perfect place to begin a Mackintosh tour of Glasgow. Our Mackintosh Interpretation Centre also charts the life and work of Mackintosh and allows access to the Mack Tower, providing unrivalled views of Glasgow.
On Level One, our Gallery One and Review Gallery spaces offer a changing programme of exhibitions and events focused on the impact of design and architecture on our everyday lives. Level One also holds The MAKLab, Scotland's first public access digital fabrication studio, which ensures that there is always a buzz of creativity in the building.
Level Two hosts Architecture and Design Scotland, whose exhibitions, events and educational workshops offer an insight into the future of architecture and place-making.
The Lighthouse has four floors of multi-purpose spaces which can be hired for corporate events, evening receptions and weddings. Our Doocot café also provides hearty food in an inviting atmosphere. Topping off the building is the Viewing Platform, where visitors can get a wonderful view of the city.