Brief Description of Project
Beginning in 2017, C.J. Falconer & Associates are undertaking the design for a new Visitor Centre, and two new Experience of Scale, for 12thC Hook Lighthouse – a National Monument, and the Oldest Operational Lighthouse in the World, Hook Head, Co. Wexford.
Given the historic nature of the site, the developing Concept Design has highlighted an area which can appropriately accommodate a new building, while forming physical linkages with the existing former lighthouse keepers’ residence – ensuring that the new building steps away and does not impose upon the traditional view of the lighthouse keepers’ residences and the iconic Hook lighthouse; while also taking into account the extremes of the sea and its effect on any new building.
The approach to Conservation issues will be surgically and aesthetically resolved through choice materials chosen the visual heritage of the site; in addition to archival research – in which we have noted the original ‘gasworks’ which was located to the Northeast of the original dwelling cottages, and which had been removed in the decades in between. The size, shape, and location of these former gasworks, has set a precedence for the site to accommodate another substantial building – and ensuring that the new development will be sensitive to views from various vantage points – including: approach from Scenic Road; as viewed while within the grounds of the immediate vicinity of the Lighthouse; while being viewed from above from the Lighthouse’s viewing platform; as viewed from sea; and views from neighbouring headlands.
Following these, CJFA have worked closely with our all-inclusive Design & Visitor Experience Team, to develop two new ‘attractions of scale’, to compliment the existing monument: ‘Shipwreck!’, and ‘Majesty of Land & Sea’.