Whether you are an Architecture addict or simply an Instagram fanatic, Glasgow has an array of impressive, modern buildings for you to visit. We have recently published an article on Mackintosh’s sexy masterpieces, and now we will have a look at some of the alternative architecture Glasgow has to offer.

  1. Steven Holl’s extension to Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art. 

The Reid Building is in complementary contrast to Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s 1909 Glasgow School of Art – forging a symbiotic relation in which each structure heightens the integral qualities of the other. A thin translucent materiality in considered contrast to the masonry of the Mackintosh building – volumes of light which express the school’s activity in the urban fabric embodying a forward-looking life for the arts.

IMAGE: Glasgow School of Art

2. The Lighthouse, Page and Park Architects 

IMAGE: The Lighthouse

Nestled in one of Glasgow’s quirkiest lanes, the Lighthouse is a fantastic place to spend a couple of hours exploring on a rainy day (yes we have many of those but we also have plenty of museums). The former Glasgow Herald building was renovated by Glasgow based Architecture firm, Page and Park, and is now Scotland’s centre for Design and Architecture. An exhibition space, library and venue with a rooftop 360 ° viewing platform, the Lighthouse is a well-known favourite by Weegies and foreigners alike.

3. Glasgow’s Woman’s Library by Collective Architecture 

IMAGE: Glasgow’s Women’s LIbrary

The new addition to Glasgow’s woman’s library was designed by Collective Architecture. Educate yourself on women’s lives, histories and achievements in the only accredited, dedicated women’s museum in the UK. The design features informal reading spaces and an open plan mezzanine area, with the external facade designed as a feature artwork ingrained with important book titles.

4. Transport Museum by Zaha Hadid

A controversial addition to Glasgow’s riverside, the Transport Museum is located where the Kelvin joins the Clyde and connects with both the city’s past and present. Designed by the late, world-famous Zaha Hadid, an Architect widely known for her wild and wacky designs, she was arguably the most influential female architect of our time.  The building features a zinc-clad pointed roof and has a 36-metre glazed frontage overlooking the River Clyde. The museum houses over 3,000 exhibits which celebrate Glasgow’s rich transport history.

IMAGE: Transport Museum

5. Glasgow’s Statue of Liberty (completely unrelated but interesting nonetheless)

OK OK so this isnt a modern building.. in fact, it is not a building at all but hey it’s pretty cool so does it really matter? Glasgow has its very own statue of liberty. Yes, that’s right. no need to travel to the big apple when you can simply catch a glimpse of our gal while speeding over the Kingston Bridge. The 23-carat gold statue stands on top of Glasgow’s former Co-op Building on Morrison Street and was crafted in 2016 by artist Kenny Mackay.

IMAGE: Glasgow’s Statue of Liberty

This should help you soak in some culture and you can also impress your friends by taking them on this alternative tour around Glasgow.