LED Light House – Baumschlager-Eberle

Architecture & Interiors


Baumschlager-Eberle have installed a cube, Nordwesthaus, as the new meeting point for the sailing community on the harbor of  Lake Constance in Switzerland.   Positioned right on the edge of the moorings, the building presents a striking interaction between the supporting concrete biomorphic elements and the envelope of glazed panels that allow the contours of the building to shine through.




This light cube or light house, rises 14 meters out of the water as a glowing glass cube, illuminated by an ever-changing display of LED color sequences that go from green, to blue, yellow, to red before your eyes (Not unlike the Abstract Christmas Tree).  Strategically placed 125 LED spot lights illuminate the organically shaped voids in the concrete walls to be emphasized inside and outside.   When lit the shadows created in the cube resemble the reflection of rippled water.  “Compactness and transparency, light and movement – the architecture profits from the features of the port, providing them with a culminating point in the event building.”

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  1. Josh Urso Design

    Jan 17, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Would like to see a video of this from the water – curious how it works form-wise against the landscape.
    On the technical side, would this type of beacon work on larger bodies of water? More treacherous coastlines? Areas with fog? Wonder if LEDs are standard for lighthouses now. Are they bright enough? Those bulbs they used to use are total energy hogs and it seems like most lighthouses are unmanned these days. LEDs with their long lives and low power consumption solve both problems. So are structures like this the wave of the future?

    • Adrienne Breaux

      Jan 17, 2013 at 11:17 am

      Great comment! I’m not sure about any of those ideas…but you’ve raised some good points.

  2. Daniel Sides

    Jan 20, 2013 at 3:25 am

    Well, I think its great! Coming up with these idea is already a great achievement. I really enjoy watching pictures with its spectacular design, but I was hoping you could add the video the previous comment were referring too, I was also curious how it works. Thanks

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