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 5360

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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

Adults £5.00
Concessions £3.00
Under 5's FREE

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

Material Considerations: A Library of Sustainable Building Materials

  • 23 April 2014 — 23 April 2015 *on now

A brand new materials library offering visitors a chance to explore and analyse a wide range of sustainable building materials has been opened by Architecture and Design Scotland at The Lighthouse, Glasgow.

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.

The Materials Library offers visitors the opportunity to experience real samples of natural building materials and products at a variety of scales – from small samples to full-scale mock-ups. There is an emphasis on ‘bio-regionalism’, with sourcing based on indigenous products and traditional materials, re-envisaged for the 21st Century.

This free library is open to the public Monday - Saturday 10:30 - 17:00 and no appointment is necessary.


Postcode 3000

  • 1 November 2014 — 28 January 2015 *on now

Postcode 3000 explores the development of Melbourne, and particularly, the re-urbanisation of the city centre.

Created by the City of Melbourne to explain city-making principles to citizens, the exhibition highlights how recent regeneration focused on making better streets and increasing activities for people at street level has transformed the perception of the city centre from ‘an empty useless space’.


A Picture of Health: From Policy to Places Designed for People

  • 14 November 2014 — 28 January 2015 *on now

Over the past few years the NHS in Scotland has embarked on a world leading process where the quality of new facilities is formally considered in the decision to fund them. In this exhibition you will see how design briefs that give voice to the needs of patients, staff and the wider community, are being used to guide investment and improve outcomes for the service and the public.

We hear from the people involved, including the policy leaders and staff in the NHS on how this is improving the experience for patients and staff, and the sustainability and value of projects. We celebrate the great facilities being developed across Scotland and the design talent that is making these visions of health a reality. This exhibition has been developed in partnership with Health Facilities Scotland and the Scottish Government's Health and Social Care Directorate.


EMPOWERMENT – Social change through building

  • 27 November 2014 — 1 March 2015 *on now

EMPOWERMENT explores the potential of the process of building to affect social change in the developing world. The exhibition tells the stories and introduces the characters involved in the construction projects of humanitarian design organisation, Orkidstudio.

Orkidstudio aims to serve those in some of the world’s most populous countries, where architectural input is vastly absent, and considers architecture as a process, not a product. A process which empowers and enables people and their communities.