Herald Building Glasgow by Rennie Mackintosh, Lighthouse photos, Architect, Mitchell St location, Architecture picture
Glasgow Herald Building
Scottish Architecture Centre : The Lighthouse, Mitchell Street, Strathclyde, western Scotland
post updated 10 December 2023 ; 25 January 2022
Date built: 1895
Design: Rennie Mackintosh architect
Photos by David Churchill / Phil Sayer
Glasgow Herald Building by Rennie Mackintosh
Herald Building Glasgow
Refurbished as The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Architecture, Design and the City, 56 Mitchell St, by Page & Park Architects in 1998-99
Address: 87-94 / 60-76 Mitchell St
Gordon Chambers / Glasgow Herald Building – architects / date:
Burnet, Boston & Carruthers / 1903-06
John Baird / 1867-70
Charles Rennie Mackintosh / 1893-95
Typical for a Scottish newspaper operation (eg former headquarters of The Scotsman, North Bridge, Edinburgh) the lower floors at the Herald were used as production and the upper floors for the editorial and commercial offices.
A building with great heritage: the former Glasgow Herald building was remodelled by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1893-95, his first major public building.
Like so many Scottish contemporary buildings, the newspaper columns have focused on the problems – generally costs – rather than the architecture. Page & Park Architects have a fine pedigree and were a logical choice for such a project.
The Lighthouse, although in centre of the city, is in a difficult site, tucked away off the main drag. This means signage and marketing have to be well-organised, and the logo designed by Mariscal – who did the Barcelona Olympics logo (the dog holding a torch) – makes a strong impact.
With a lack of easily-visible street frontage the Lighthouse image that immediately springs to my mind (even though I’m an architect) is the ‘three-legged’ logo of, well, a lighthouse. Nevertheless, the interior spaces at the former Herald building are stacked vertically up a brightly-coloured atrium, calmed by areas of fair-faced concrete and linked by an elevator. The exhibitions are designed to be accessible and don’t focus purely on architecture; there is an observation deck at the top from which to view the city.
Interior graphics and displays at the Glasgow Herald were designed by Javier Mariscal and designers lwd. The £12m Glasgow Lighthouse opened in Summer 1999, with two main exhibition galleries, conference room, ground-floor cafe, smaller display areas, education and IT suites, Mackintosh interpretation area and a Design-into-Business Centre.
The Lighthouse forms a permanent addition to Scotland’s cultural heritage and a concrete reminder of Glasgow 1999: UK City of Architecture and Design. It’s stated remit is to ensure that the widest possible audience will be able to use the building to explore architecture and design in all their many meanings, presented in engaging informative and challenging ways.
Architecture in Strathclyde
Glasgow School of Art – design by architect Rennie Mackintosh
photo © Adrian Welch
Historic Glasgow: best Glasgow buildings of the past
Rennie Mackintosh – architect of the Herald building
Herald Building – former home of Glasgow Herald and the Evening Times. The refurbishment of the nine-storey property was undertaken by FM Developments.
European Heritage Awards
building image © Adrian Welch
The Lighthouse and St Andrew’s in the Square church building in Glasgow were the only sites in Scotland to be named as buildings of outstanding historic importance by Europa Nostra, an organisation of more than 200 non-governmental heritage groups.
Glasgwegian Sculptor James Sellars worked on the Glasgow Herald Building. He also worked on Fraser’s Department Store (1883) in Buchanan Street.
Glasgow Transport Museum
picture from architect
Some key buildings located close by, to the East:
Ingram Square Flats, centre of the Merchant City
Ingram Square Flats
City Halls & Old Fruitmarket, 100 Candleriggs, Merchant City
City Halls, Merchant City
Hutchesons Hospital, 158 Ingram St, G1 1EJ
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