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Agulhas Lighthouse, Cape Town, South Africa by Nightingale Architects

[FIRST LOOK] Nightingale Architects has revealed its concept designs for the new Agulhas Lighthouse Development near Cape Town

The competition-winning scheme has been branded ‘of international cultural and geographical significance’ and will provide a meeting point for tourists visiting the continent’s most southerly point.

The 1650m² development, located in the Agulhas National Park, will include a cultural centre, restaurant, exhibition space, souvenir shop, vendor stalls and a picnic area.

Nightingale Architects’ winning entry was designed in response to the brief for a ‘gateway to the southern-most tip of South Africa and focal point to the national park.’

The brutal coastline and nearby shipwreck of the Meisho Maru 38 are said to inspire the design. Interior materials such as timber lattice and rusted metal take precedent from the shipwreck.

Wallace Manyara, the business development director for the practice’s Cape Town office, said: ‘The design uses strong elements formed by thick dominant walls constructed from local rock, running parallel to and emulating the natural rock formations. The most dominant features of this area are the jagged rocks of the windswept coastline, which lunge out of the waves at oblique angles, appearing and disappearing at intervals at the whim of the sea.’

He added: ‘The shipwreck is evidence of the requirement for a lighthouse and an inevitable aspect of the jagged coastline. Elements of the construction are reminiscent of the internal construction of a ship’s hull, and the breakdown of building elements symbolise the decay of the abandoned ship battered by the wind, the sea and the passage of time.’

The first phase of the development is due on-site in January 2010.


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