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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RIBA3382-54State Library, Berlin: lighting

 
RIBA3383-54J Paul Getty Center, Los Angeles: the entrance

 
RIBA3384-54Sony Center, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin: the covered plaza looking up


RIBA3385-54Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire: the east front

 
RIBA3386-55Royal Pavilion, Brighton: the east front

 
RIBA3387-55George Grey Wornum


RIBA3388-55Harry Bulkeley Creswell

 
RIBA3389-55Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier, Marcel Breuer and Sven Markelius discussing UNESCO building, Paris

 
RIBA3390-55Designs for Spade House, Radnor Cliff Crescent, Sandgate, Kent, for H. G. Wells: perspectives of entrance and garden fronts with plans (design almost as executed)


RIBA3391-55Hopkins' House, Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London: the garden front

 
RIBA3392-55City Hall (GLA building), The Queen's Walk, South Bank, Southwark, London

 
RIBA3393-55Selfridges department store, Bull Ring, Birmingham: detail of the the curved exterior clad in aluminium spun discs


RIBA3394-551-3 Willow Road, Hampstead, London: the street facade

 
RIBA3395-55The Arion, Ainsdale, Southport, Lancashire: the bar with low relief mural 'The Legend of Arion' by William Mitchell

 
RIBA3396-55Hinckley Upper School, Leicestershire: construction in acrylic box 'Abacus'


RIBA3397-55Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: unidentified mural, paint being poured into mould

 
RIBA3398-55Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: unidentified mural with bird motif

 
RIBA3399-55Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: unidentified mural on stairs


RIBA3400-55Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: unidentified mural

 
RIBA3401-56Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: unidentified mural: head and shoulders of a man

 
RIBA3402-56Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: white mural with animal and plant motif


RIBA3403-56Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: mural

 
RIBA3404-56Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: manufacture of a mural using a press

 
RIBA3405-56Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: children posing in front of the mural in situ


RIBA3406-56Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: mural

 
RIBA3407-56Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: detail of mural

 
RIBA3408-56Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area


RIBA3409-56Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: mural design being made from polystyrene

 
RIBA3410-56Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: polystyrene mock-up of a mural on a construction site

 
RIBA3411-56Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: detail of mural


RIBA3412-56Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: detail of mural

 
RIBA3413-57Artwork created for housing and other community facilities in the London area: mural with head/skull and bird motif

 
RIBA3414-57Napier House, Maddock Way, Walworth, London: mural