This minimalist wooden lighthouse installed at Woodbine beach in Toronto doubles as a temporary drop-off location for local charity donations. Portuguese design firm João Araújo Sousa & Joana Correia Silva Arquitectura wrapped The Beacon in aged wood to make it look as if it has been part of the beach for a long time.


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The Beacon, which shoots a vertical beam of light into the night sky, captures the essence of traditional lighthouses, while translating their archetypal conical shape into a single spatial gesture. Beside its role as a lighthouse, the structure also functions as a place where people can leave non-perishable foods and clothes for charities.

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The Beacon, lighthouse, Toronto, wooden structure, donation, charity, João Araújo Sousa & Joana Correia Silva Arquitectura, green architecture, humanitarian design

The lower part of the structure acts as a repository for such items and features openings at different heights through which they can be easily inserted. While the architects hope the Beacon will become part of a larger, permanent network of donation hotspots in Toronto, this small structure can also be repurposed as a wildlife observation tower, a wilderness shelter or a fire lookout tower.

+ João Araújo Sousa & Joana Correia Silva Arquitectura

Photos by Steven Evans

The Beacon, lighthouse, Toronto, wooden structure, donation, charity, João Araújo Sousa & Joana Correia Silva Arquitectura, green architecture, humanitarian design

The Beacon, lighthouse, Toronto, wooden structure, donation, charity, João Araújo Sousa & Joana Correia Silva Arquitectura, green architecture, humanitarian design

The Beacon, lighthouse, Toronto, wooden structure, donation, charity, João Araújo Sousa & Joana Correia Silva Arquitectura, green architecture, humanitarian design