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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RIBA4678National Recreation Centre, Crystal Palace, London

RIBA4679Athletics Stadium, National Recreation Centre, Crystal Palace, London: the canopy

RIBA4680Lincoln's Inn House, 42 Kingsway, London

RIBA4682"Experiments in Living" exhibition, Maples store, London: sketch annotated "Type of building for Expandospace Exhibition"

RIBA4683"Experiments in Living" exhibition, Maples store, London: sketch of room plan for Expandospace Exhibition

RIBA4684"Experiments in Living" exhibition, Maples store, London: over-bed cloud forms

RIBA4685Mews house designed for Ruth and Tom Kaufmann in Pavilion Road, Knightsbridge, London: view of the patio from above

RIBA4687Kitchen designed for Petticoat magazine: reproduction drawing of the mobile, folding "triptych" unit

RIBA4688Sketch of a living room

RIBA4690Drawing of a house with figure and cactus, Aeolian Islands, Sicily

RIBA4691Drawing of a kitchen with a wood oven, Aeolian Islands, Sicily

RIBA4692Neal Street East, Covent Garden, London: angled view of shop front along Neal Street

RIBA4695Crawley Town Hall and Civic Centre, West Sussex: ground floor corridor

RIBA4696Crawley Town Hall and Civic Centre, West Sussex, seen from the south-east

RIBA4697Oxford Road Station, Manchester: the entrance facade seen from the main approach

RIBA4698Clendinning residence, 3 Alwyne Road, Islington, London: the living room during the 'cloud seat' period with over-sized papier-mache tulip lamp designed by Ralph Adron

RIBA4699Alterations to a farm house on the Sussex Downs: the sitting room

RIBA4700House near Leatherhead, Surrey: the sitting room

RIBA4701House at Lakeside Drive, Esher, Surrey

RIBA4702Housing at Calverton End, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

RIBA4704Mondial House, International Telephone Exchange, Upper Thames Street, City of London

RIBA4705MARS Group Exhibition, New Burlington Galleries, London: screen showing a photographic medley of architectural examples from all over the world

RIBA4706MARS Group Exhibition, New Burlington Galleries, London: a view down a garden pergola

RIBA4707MARS Group Exhibition, New Burlington Galleries, London: one of ten 'Building means' display windows

RIBA4708MARS Group Exhibition, New Burlington Galleries, London: mural depicting the needs of leisure

RIBA4709Oare House Pavilion, Oare, near Pewsey, Wiltshire: the staircase

RIBA4711St Matthew's Anglican Church, Perry Beeches, Birmingham: the chancel

RIBA4712St Paul, Bow Common, London: the nave seen from the baptistery

RIBA471315-19 Murray Mews, Camden, London: the prinicpal living space of one of the houses seen at night from the garden

RIBA4714Charles and Ray Eames

RIBA4715Grimston Park, North Yorkshire: the Yellow Drawing Room

RIBA4717Odeon cinema, Sidwell Street, Exeter, Devon: the entrance foyer

RIBA4718Sign language system for the deaf and dumb