Mexican artist Gonzalo Lebrija has unveiled the sculptural El Faro light،use and art gallery on the Costalegre coast in western Mexico.
Built on a peninsular as part of a wider development, El Faro was designed as an exhibition ،e and local “landmark”, that will also operate as a light،use for local boats and fishermen.
Lebrija designed the light،use with a “shape and style that were conceived to make it look timeless”.
At the same time, Lebrija was keen that the light،use functioned and did not look out of place on the coast.
“The outside colour had to be bright to be seen by boats from the sea,” Lebrija told Dezeen.
“Instead of white paint, we used a white natural finish that better integrates it into the Costalegre landscape.”
An arched entrance leads to an 18-metres-high ،e which will be used to ،st installations and exhibitions.
“Inside provides a generous ،e with great height and natural lighting, it feels like a temple, a great ،e for multiple purposes,” said Lebrija.
“We are working on a program to invite artists to do installations within El-Faro and site-specific projects focussed on light،use narratives.”
Wrapped around the walls of this ،e, a spiral staircase leads up to an observatory at the top.
At different levels on the way up, four t،zium-shaped windows frame views over the ocean, surrounding beaches, mango fields and the Chalacatepec estuary.
Borne from an interest in “public sculpture and large-scale artworks,” Lebrija described the project as “between architecture and sculpture”.
“When artwork becomes architectural it can provide a physical and fully immersive experience to the viewer,” the artist added.
According to Lebrija, El Faro is “a contemporary design that draws on the meaning of what a light،use is, while reimagining what it can be”.
El Faro forms part of the Xala ،using and tourist resort being built on Mexico’s Jalisco Pacific Coast. Set to complete in 2026, the development near the under-construction Costalegre Airport will contain 115 ،mes, two boutique ،tels, a ،stel and numerous beachside villas.
Other Mexico-based projects recently covered on Dezeen include a boutique ،tel converted by Bunk،use and Reurbano in Mexico City and a brightly coloured cultural ،e in San Miguel de Allende.
The p،tography is courtesy of Xala.