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The Lighthouse

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The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture, is a multipurpose visitor centre in the heart of Glasgow city centre.


The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture is also Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s first public commission. Part of the Mackintosh trail it’s the ideal starting point for exploring Mackintosh’s work, located within easy walking distance of city centre transport links. The Mackintosh Interpretation Centre, our permanent exhibition dedicated to the life and work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, is a must see exhibition for any Mackintosh enthusiast. From here you can also access the helical staircase, which leads you up to the viewing gallery at the top of the Mackintosh Tower where you are rewarded with spectacular views of Glasgow. If you are feeling less energetic you can enjoy the equally stunning vistas from the Viewing Platform on Level 6, which can be accessed using our elevator.

Take a trip through time and experience Glasgow through the ages in Foundation Glasgow, our other permanent exhibition on Level 4. In the Foundation shop you will find a delightful collection of Glasgow gifts as well as the exclusive "Toshie" collection.

On Level 2, Architecture and Design Scotland run a rich programme of exhibitions, events and educational workshops promoting quality in design and placemaking in the built environment.

In Gallery 1 on Level 1 of The Lighthouse we have a changing programme of exhibitions and events focusing on Scottish design and Architecture. We also have a new Digital Design Gallery on the Ground Floor, a showcase of Scottish digital design and animation.

Once you’ve explored all of the fantastic experiences The Lighthouse has to offer you can relax in the Doocot café bar on Level 5 or enjoy a spot of shopping at TOJO Design on the Ground Floor.


Located in the heart of the city centre, The Lighthouse is a thriving hub for the creative industries. With six exhibition spaces over six floors, including a Digital Design Gallery, we have a busy programme of creative exhibitions and events running throughout the year. We have six design markets this year, each bringing a unique selection of designers and makers to Glasgow’s savvy shoppers. And, we will shortly be announcing a new series of bi-monthly events that will interest and inspire.

The launch of our Digital Design Gallery brings new opportunity for digital creatives in Scotland to have their work showcased at a world-class Design Centre. If you would like to get involved with this exciting new project please contact Katy West on:

The MAKLab, our 3D digital fabrication laboratory, launches this summer, offering design and architectural businesses access to great facilities and linking Scotland to all the FabLabs around the world. Every Saturday the MAKLab opens to the public so everyone can make something they have designed.

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The Lighthouse has built a reputation as the ideal venue for a wide range of corporate and private events, from simple meetings to conferences, launch events, dinners and exhibitions.

The building boasts a dedicated conference and meeting facility, which can accommodate up to 100 delegates, with smaller meeting and workshop spaces available to host syndicate sessions.

The Orangebox Gallery, meanwhile, is suitable for larger events such as conferences, dinners and wedding receptions for up to 150 people.

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