The Lighthouse - Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture

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




0141 276 5365

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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.
Material considerations exhibition

Material Considerations: A Library of Sustainable Building Materials

  • 23 April 2014 — 23 April 2015 *on now

The purpose of the Library is to showcase sustainable, traditional and emerging low carbon building products in general and to promote and encourage innovation in construction in Scotland using indigenous resources. Supported by the Forestry Commission and the Scottish Government, it gives architects, builders, students and the public an opportunity to get hands on with a wide range of building materials – from slate through to sheep’s wool – available in Scotland, while learning more about each material’s sustainability credentials.


David Ross Design Lamp

David Ross Design, Bespoke Atelier, Flux Laser & CNC Studio

  • 26 February — 5 April 2015 *on now

The new collection will consist of furniture and wall coverings inspired by maps; from the standardisation of detailed ordinance survey maps to the intriguing flowing lines evident in abstract wind maps. The designs will present the expertise of all companies.

David Ross Design has continued to follow an interest in creating elegant structural birch plywood furniture, using the guidance and facilities provided by Flux Laser & CNC Studio. Bespoke Atelier are creating beautiful new designs to be screen printed onto the wood, glass and fabric of the furniture, adding richness and a greater depth to the surfaces.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly