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The Lighthouse – Part One

Since we can’t expect overworked journalists to work over the weekend, there was no new news on the Mackintosh Building fire today (Saturday).

Since I never got around to pulling any pics from visits to The Lighthouse, I thought I’d fill the slot I been using for fire news with some of those pics.

I think I only have a couple of sets, and managed to dig up the first lot.

Most of the pics were actually taken from the outdoor viewing area at the top of a set of spiral stairs, but I’ll leave them out as not relevant.

The irony of Mackintosh’s fire precautions designed into his commission can’t go unnoticed:

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a young draughtsman in the architectural practice of Honeyman and Keppie when he designed the Mitchell Street building, which now houses The Lighthouse. The Herald Building was Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s first public commission.

The building, designed in 1895, was a warehouse at the back of the printing office of the Glasgow Herald. Mackintosh designed the tower – a prominent feature of the building – to contain an 8,000-gallon water tank. It was to protect the building and all its contents from the risk of fire.

The former Glasgow Herald building was renovated and launched as The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Architecture, Design and the City, a project suggested by the 1999 UK City of Architecture and Design bid committee. It took its new role after 15 years of silence, having stood unused since the Herald moved to new offices in the early eighties.

I should add that much of the building is given over to the various functions of its job as Scotland’s Centre for Architecture, Design and the City, with one floor dedicated to Mackintosh and his work.

This year, the 150th anniversary of Mackintosh’s birth, The Lighthouse will be offering building tours each Saturday throughout 2018. These are on a first come first served basis, begin at 1pm, and last for about 40 minutes.

You can’t easily get a view of the entrance in Mitchell Lane (it really is a narrow lane), so I made do with a view of the lane having the entrance on the right – and still invisible since it is recessed.

To make up, I caught a Glasgow celebrity waiting outside.

Mitchell Lane Lighthouse Entrance

Mitchell Lane Lighthouse Entrance

Once inside, this spiral staircase leads the tower where the water tank mention above was located, and is now open for visitors to look at the views over Glasgow.

The Lighthouse Tower Spiral Stairs

The Lighthouse Tower Spiral Stairs

This show the building’s large chimney, and the new viewing gallery, which is part of a modern extension to the building.

The Lighthouse Chimney Gallery

The Lighthouse Chimney Gallery

I have to confess that the most amusing thing was the choice of toilet signs, used throughout the building.

Sample Lighthouse Toilet Signs

Sample Lighthouse Toilet Signs


23/06/2018 - Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , ,

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