The Lighthouse is Scotland’s National Centre for Design and Architecture. Originally it was the offices of the Glasgow Herald newspaper, designed by the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh as his first public commission and completed in 1895.
It’s free to go inside and wander around the exhibition though unfortunately on my visit the viewing platform was closed. Mackintosh designed the tower to contain an 8,000 gallon water tank to protect the building and all its contents from fire.
One of the temporary exhibitions on at the time of my visit was called “Unbuilt Mackintosh” which shows examples of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s designs that never saw fruition made by Glasgow-based model makers Ozturk.
They also have a permanent exhibition on Mackintosh that was really fascinating and very nicely designed. It showed original items that he used in his designs as well as models of some of his completed buildings.
A really interesting place to visit, you can find more pictures here.