Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
ARTIST Daniel Tobin ARTWORK Al-Fanar (Beacon)
CLIENT KAUST | Saudi Aramco
ARCHITECT Bureau^Proberts, Liam Proberts, Alex Eckersley
DESIGN UAP Studio, Daniel Tobin, Matthew Tobin, Jamie Perrow
PROJECT DIRECTOR Lance Bignell
ENGINEER Robert Bird Group, Ross McDonald, Lance Barton
LIGHTING Norman Disney & Young
3D VISUALISATION Ai3D
Designed by UAP Principal, Daniel Tobin, with Matthew Tobin and Jamie Perrow, the Breakwater Beacon has become a symbol for the University. Responding to a brief from the client and project architects HOK, Urban Art Projects created a contemporary interpretation of a lighthouse. The work drew inspiration from ancient Arabic maritime traditions, in-region artwork and architectural detailing, linking to the marine ecology of the Red Sea.
The Beacon stands at the entry point to the harbour, soaring sixty metres into the sky creating a university marker. Built in pre-cast concrete blocks, the complex structure is a collection of unique amorphous hexagonal sections stepping up out of the Red Sea into an elliptical spire. The reverential interior space – with the skin of the atrium creating a dappled shaded effect - is designed for communal gatherings.
Daniel Tobin is an artist and designer working in collaboration with cities, planners, developers and architects delivering art and design strategies that humanize the public realm. With 17 years experience working with a wide range of stakeholders Daniel focuses on site-specific art and design programs , commissions and interventions into landscape and architectural environments. He has worked extensively throughout Australia, the Middle East and has recently commenced working in Europe.