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.  

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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


RIBA4187St Antony's College, Oxford: hall and common rooms

 
RIBA4188St Antony's College, Oxford: dining hall

 
RIBA4194Palau d'Esportes Sant Jordi, Barcelona


RIBA4195Selfridges department store, Bull Ring, Birmingham: the glazed entrance

 
RIBA4196Cover of journal Tee-Square & Tape, January 1928

 
RIBA4197Southside Halls of Residence, Imperial College, Kensington, London


RIBA4199Neue Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Stuttgart: entry of pedestrian route ramp from entrance level into rotunda

 
RIBA4200Neue Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Stuttgart: detail of support of theatre arch

 
RIBA4202Department of the Environment, Marsham Street, Westminster, London


RIBA4203Banking hall, Postsparkasse (Postal Savings Bank), Vienna

 
RIBA4204Banking hall, Postsparkasse (Postal Savings Bank), Vienna

 
RIBA4205Banking hall, Postsparkasse (Postal Savings Bank), Vienna


RIBA4206Banking hall, Postsparkasse (Postal Savings Bank), Vienna, showing doors and air ventilation units

 
RIBA4207City Library, Stockholm: the central reading room

 
RIBA4208City Library, Stockholm: the central reading room


RIBA4209City Library, Stockholm: the staircase to the central reading room

 
RIBA4210Goetheanum, Dornach

 
RIBA4211Goetheanum, Dornach: handrail detail


RIBA4212Goetheanum, Dornach: the main auditorium seen from the stage

 
RIBA4213Goetheanum, Dornach: detail of the southwest facade

 
RIBA4214Goetheanum, Dornach


RIBA4215LF1 pavilion, Weil am Rhein

 
RIBA4216LF1 pavilion, Weil am Rhein

 
RIBA4217LF1 pavilion, Weil am Rhein


RIBA4218LF1 pavilion, Weil am Rhein: ramp detail

 
RIBA4219LF1 pavilion, Weil am Rhein

 
RIBA4220Eduard Muller Crematorium, Hagen


RIBA4221Eduard Muller Crematorium, Hagen: the chapel

 
RIBA4222Eduard Muller Crematorium, Hagen: the rear facade

 
RIBA4223Eduard Muller Crematorium, Hagen