Margate harbour, Kent

Lighting the Way 

Images of Lighthouses from the RIBA Collections

Of the many navigational aids lighthouses are perhaps the most symbolic and, frequently by virtue of the need to construct them in wild and rugged locations, some of the most challenging to build.

This article about five very different lighthouses from 1543 to 1960 is accompanied by the gallery below showing the wide range of images of lighthouses held in the RIBA Collections.

All of the images are available to download, purchase or license as well as other images here with a nautical theme.  

109750 items
RIBA4141Conjectural reconstruction of the Temple of Diana, Ephesus

 
RIBA4146Competition design for a Canadian house

 
RIBA4147Design for the Tabernacle Church of Christ, Columbus, Indiana


RIBA4148Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, London: the bronze balustrades above the main entrance

 
RIBA4149Darwin Building, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London, seen from the north-east

 
RIBA4150The Land of Britain aluminium cone entrance, Festival of Britain, South Bank, London


RIBA4151The Land of Britain Pavilion, Festival of Britain, South Bank, London: close-up of aluminium cone entrance

 
RIBA4152Harbour Meadow, Birdham, Sussex: the garden elevation

 
RIBA4153Harbour Meadow, Birdham, Sussex: the entrance courtyard


RIBA4154Harbour Meadow, Birdham, Sussex: the garden front

 
RIBA4155Harbour Meadow, Birdham, Sussex: the dining room

 
RIBA4157Extension to Mayfield Comprehensive School, Putney, London


RIBA4158Sir Denys Lasdun

 
RIBA4159Sir Denys Lasdun

 
RIBA4160Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Oak Park, Illinois


RIBA4162Battersea 'A' Power Station, London

 
RIBA4166House for Edward James, 35 Wimpole Street, London: bathroom for his wife, Tilly Losch, designed by Paul Nash

 
RIBA4167Midland Hotel, Morecambe, Lancashire


RIBA4168Housing, Stevenage, Hertfordshire

 
RIBA4169Housing at Lincoln Way, Corby New Town, Northamptonshire

 
RIBA4170Housing, Woodhead Court, Westfield, Cumbernauld New Town


RIBA4171Sir Thomas White Building, St John's College, Oxford

 
RIBA4172Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton, Devon

 
RIBA4173Hodek Apartment Building, Prague


RIBA4174Nuffield College, Oxford: the Quad

 
RIBA4175St Catherine's College, Oxford: view looking north of the inward-facing elevation of the west residential block on the left and the auditorium and library on the right

 
RIBA4176Keble College, Oxford: the gateway


RIBA4177Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford: the Wordsworth Building with Talbot Hall on the left

 
RIBA4178York Minster: the north transept with the Five Sisters Window

 
RIBA4179York Minster: the nave looking east


RIBA4183St Mary, Stratford-le-Bow, Stratford, London: reconstruction following war damage

 
RIBA4184Abbaye du Thoronet, Le Thoronet

 
RIBA4185Bridget Riley and John Weeks with Riley's murals, St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London