Lighthouse of Fragility, New Forest, UK

Architect Ström Architects in Collaboration with Susanne M Winterling
Structural Engineer Barton Engineers

Strom Architects have been collaborating with German artist Susanne M Winterling, and Barton Engineers, on a temporary structure called "the Lighthouse of Fragility" situated on the sea wall in Lymington, which was commissioned by artSOUTH.

The artist conceived a sculpture that would take the form of a wave-like shelter, and which would provide a place to stop, rest and contemplate, whilst on a journey around the Keyhaven Nature Reserve. People will be able to reflect on the beauty of their surroundings, taking in the views of the Isle of Wight and the coastline, and the relationship the sculpture has with the environment.

With Barton Engineers, we developed the idea into an actual structure taking the form of a grid-shell, constructed out of readily available reinforcement bars.

The sculpture will also incorporate the material ‘aerogel’, which will give it a luminous quality both during the day and at night. The artist has selected this material, originally developed by Nasa, which has multiple qualities and industrial uses, to reflect the history of the site and its important role in the story of the salt industry.