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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RIBA4356Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff: south concourse of the foyer

 
RIBA4357Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff: the Urdd Hall

 
RIBA4358Sir Hugh Casson


RIBA4359Apollo Pavilion, Sunny Blunts Estate, Peterlee

 
RIBA4361Little Chef restaurant (now The Garden Cafe), Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London

 
RIBA4362Little Chef restaurant (now The Garden Cafe), Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London: one of the service bars


RIBA4363Little Chef restaurant (now The Garden Cafe), Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London: the dining area

 
RIBA4364Little Chef restaurant (now The Garden Cafe), Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London; one of the hexangonal glazed dining areas

 
RIBA4365Little Chef restaurant (now The Garden Cafe), Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London: the dining area


RIBA4366Little Chef restaurant (now The Garden Cafe), Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, seen from the pathway to the Inner Circle

 
RIBA4367Brunswick Centre, Bloomsbury, London

 
RIBA4368Crystal Palace, Sydenham, London


RIBA4370Swiss Re, 30 St Mary Axe, City of London: detail of the harlequin-patterned glass facade

 
RIBA4371Swiss Re, 30 St Mary Axe, City of London: close-up of the pinnacle

 
RIBA4372NatWest Media Centre, Lord's Cricket Ground, London: window detail


RIBA4373Mound stand, Lord's Cricket Ground, London: seating

 
RIBA4374Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, London: view from the south-west

 
RIBA4375Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, London: close-up of the sculptures adorning the main entrance


RIBA4376London Eye seen at night, South Bank, London

 
RIBA4377Houses of Parliament, Palace of Westminster, London: the Old Palace Yard with Marochetti's 'Richard Coeur de Lion' in the foreground

 
RIBA4378Swiss Re, 30 St Mary Axe, City of London, seen from the South Bank


RIBA4379Swiss Re, 30 St Mary Axe, City of London, seen from the South Bank

 
RIBA4380Swiss Re, 30 St Mary Axe and Church of St Andrew Undershaft, City of London

 
RIBA4381Swiss Re, 30 St Mary Axe, City of London


RIBA4382Swiss Re, 30 St Mary Axe and St Andrew Undershaft Church, City of London

 
RIBA4383Swiss Re, 30 St Mary Axe, City of London: close-up of the tower showing the entrances, a series of high triangular archways cut out of the diamond grid of the facade

 
RIBA4384Swiss Re, 30 St Mary Axe and St Andrew Undershaft Church, City of London


RIBA4385The Lowry at dusk, Salford Quays, Salford, Greater Manchester: view of the main entrance

 
RIBA4386The Lowry at night, Salford Quays, Salford, Greater Manchester: close-up of the entrance canopy

 
RIBA4387Urbis, Cathedral Gardens, Corporation Street, Manchester: close-up of double glass wall facade


RIBA4388Urbis, Cathedral Gardens, Corporation Street, Manchester

 
RIBA4389Byker Wall, Byker housing redevelopment, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

 
RIBA4390The Lowry, Salford Quays, Salford, Greater, Salford, Manchester: general view of the Lowry footbridge crossing the Manchester Ship Canal on the right