When you're aboard a ship barrelling towards unknown shores, the last thing you want is an inconspicuous lighthouse guiding you in. Our friends at Oobject have a collection of the most extreme examples of lighthouse design from around the world.
United States Lighthouse Establishment Travelling Lighthouse Library
Being a lighthouse keeper was often a lonely and solitary job, and reading was considered so important that travelling libraries were provided by the precursor to the US Coastguard service.
"The United States Lighthouse Establishment, precursor to the Coast Guard and the governing body of all lighthouses until the early 20th century provided travelling libraries that circulated between each lighthouse. Each library was numbered and housed in a portable box. On the insides of each door contained a reading list of what the library offered as well as a travel log, detailing at which lighthouses the library had been at, and the amount of time spent there."
Lighthouse of Alexandria in Shenzhen
Until some of its remains were discovered in 1994, the Lighthouse of Alexandria remained one the of the Seven Ancient Wonders whose description only existed in text. Now, of course, like entire Austrian towns an imagined replica has been built for a Chinese theme park in Shenzhen.
18th century stone lighthouse section
A cross section of the 18th Century stone Eddystone Lighthouse shows just how massive the structure needed to be before Industrial era engineering.
Enoshima Lighthouse, Japan
Cape Florida lighthouse, free standing spiral stair
Unlike most lighthouses the stair at Cape Florida lighthouse does not touch the surrounding wall, make for a particularly interesting piece of architecture.
Cleveland Ohio, incredible Ice covered lighthouse
Like the lighthouse at the end of the world, freezing temperatures encased this Great Lakes lighthouse entirely in ice.