Dystopian Lighthouses

Lighthouse designs portray a feeling of sadness and depression, as they are rarely used, only a few people stay there, who are the workers and they can only listen to the sound of the sea and dwell into a more gloomy state. Adrian Labaut Hernandez, with his Dystopian Lighthouses, poses a question towards this perception.

“The Shader”

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Courtesy of Adrian Labaut Hernandez

The reason for them being not designed appropriately is because they are seen from far and are basically acting as a landmark for people to know that a piece of land is near by if they follow the light. The forms are basically limited, with light on top and a hung bell.

“The Blur”

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Courtesy of Adrian Labaut Hernandez

Cuban graphic designer Adrian Labaut Hernandez illustrates a structure with a desolated landscape rendered black and white, and added a new illuminating detail on the top which looks like a golden beacon of light.

“The Box”

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Courtesy of Adrian Labaut Hernandez

Adrian states that they are “destined never to be happy, isolated beings on earth, without any attachment to life”. The lighthouses are spaces which can also enhance the landscape by making it inviting visually and also enhance the curiosity of the people who want to come towards it.

“The Station”

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Courtesy of Adrian Labaut Hernandez

Lighthouses can be of different shapes and size, but at the end of the day the purpose is the same for all of them. Whether they are constructed in the heart of the city or some where at the edge of the city, the functionality of the lighthouse is to show path to people.

“The Citizen”

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Courtesy of Adrian Labaut Hernandez

By: Muhammad Umair Siddiqui

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