As one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s early buildings (and Mackintosh has influenced the architecture in Glasgow hugely) it has been reopened as an exhibition and education centre.
Well, it isn’t exactly a lighthouse in its most traditional form, but it certainly sheds some light on the architecture and design scene in Scotland. As one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s early buildings (and Mackintosh has influenced the architecture in Glasgow hugely) it has been reopened as an exhibition and education centre, and in the two years it has been open it’s become one of Scotland’s premier venues attracting more than quarter of a million visitors.
With four floors of exhibition space and a permanent Charles Rennie Mackintosh Interpretation centre, it’s a really good day out for the family. The current temporary exhibition is very environmentally conscious, and rightly so given Glasgow’s heavily industrial past. By looking at how existing renewable energy systems are used in The Lighthouse, "Energy Taming" explores the possibilities of using such technologies in a wider urban context. But in a fun way.
The interpretation centre is unlike any you’re likely to have seen: a glass time line wall illustrates Mackintosh’s influences and achievements, interactive stations entertain with the latest computer and video displays, and you can even have access to the Mackintosh Tower. Part of the original 1895 design, the tower boasts fabulous view across Glasgow and (very cunningly on Mackintosh’s part) buildings like the School of Art and Scotland Street School which – guess what? – were designed by Charlie himself.