The Lighthouse - Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture

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The Lighthouse was opened by HM Queen Elizabeth in July 1999 after a £13 million ($20 million) conversion, which transformed Charles Rennie Mackintosh's derelict 1895 Glasgow Herald newspaper office into Scotland's first, dedicated, national centre for architecture and design.

The centre’s vision is to be “a leading body for the promotion of architecture, design and the creative industries, locally, nationally and internationally by engaging people of all ages through a creative exhibition, education and business programme."

Through our exhibition programme we aim to deepen understanding of architecture and design by stimulating interest and encouraging debate. We also aspire to nurture and support the professional development of architects and designers in Scotland and beyond to create a culture of learning and professionalism that encourages excellence and critical thinking, practice and productivity.

The Lighthouse also contains a Charles Rennie Mackintosh Interpretation Centre and a dedicated education floor. There is also a conference centre, shop and the café/bar The doocot. We also run conferences and events including a Creative Entrepreneurs Club, the largest networking club for the creative industries in Scotland, with over 2,600 members.

Venue Type:

Architecture centre, Gallery

Opening hours

Monday - Saturday 10:30 am - 5:00pm
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00pm

Admission charges

General Admission: Free

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

The Nature of Art Nouveau

  • 17 October — 24 December 2015 *on now

At the end of the 19th century, a far-reaching movement which brought about an artistic regeneration emerged in Europe, with Nature as its chief source of inspiration. From Barcelona to Helsinki and from Glasgow to Nancy, nature shaped this new aesthetic and gave life to forms which revolutionised lifestyles, as science and art were united in the drive for modernity.

The Nature of Art Nouveau invites you to explore “nature’s temple”, as celebrated by Charles Baudelaire, a world incorporating symbols, scientific discoveries and influences from faraway lands. Armed with a revitalised repertoire, Art Nouveau creators translated their personal perceptions of beauty into their own individual languages. Although their inspiration was firmly rooted in the practical needs of daily life, the realm they created became an imaginary paradise peopled with organic, sensual figures, utopian worlds, dreams and mysteries…

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


The Lighthouse - Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture
The Lighthouse
11 Mitchell Lane
G1 3NU




0141 276 5365

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