Standing on the edge of a big sand dune, Rubjerg Knude Beacon is an old, abandoned lighthouse transformed into a new cultural landmark and publicly accessible viewpoint.
Cities and towns
UNESCO global geoparks
Sand / Gravel
Rocks / Cliffs
River / Ocean
Standing on the edge of a large sand dune, the old lighthouse is the only remaining part of a larger facility, which over the years has been reclaimed by the sea. Modern satellite navigation technology has made these once crucial landmarks obsolete. Abandoned and waiting to be swallowed by the sea, the old lighthouse has become a popular destination for locals and tourists. To underpin the new cultural status and to celebrate the beautiful lighthouse, a new stairway and artistic light installation have been installed.
The transformed lighthouse has been retrofitted with an architectural installation. This gave the public a chance to enjoy the dynamic spectacle of nature from the top of the lighthouse. Access to the old lighthouse is provided by a wrapping stairway that makes the ascent a sequence of geometric experiences. A large, wind-powered kaleidoscope was inserted into the top of the lighthouse echoing its historic function as a beacon for seafarers. It captures the natural light and reflects it inwards to create a changing cascade of colours and give occasional glimpses of the ocean. The project is one of ten ‘Places in the Landscape’, supported by the philanthropic association Realdania.
Rubjerg Knude, near Lønstrup
N57° 26’56.00’’ E 9° 46’28.24’’E
Public - Hjørring Municipality
Designed by JaJa Architects and Bessards’ Studio
Steel construction with an installation in glass and mirror