The project preserves and builds within existing historic structures and landscapes, increasing accessibility and providing interpretive multi-generational educational experiences.
Exhibit millwork cabinetry and sand bar are fabricated from recycled water salvaged timber.
Project introduces LED lighting for exhibit displays and general lighting.
Through architecture and storytelling, St. Augustine Lighthouse, a welcoming beacon and destination, is now a campus of educational and recreational experiences, which extends visitor engagement from 55 to 90 minutes.
Voyages of discovery alternate between storytelling “guides” found across the site, interactive exhibits, and tweet-able experiences. Story-telling sticks, cutouts of former lighthouse keepers and their families, playfully and purposefully give voice and presence to their histories, connecting museum-goers from one experience to the next.
Inside the lighthouse, silhouettes become super-tall graphics spanning floors, adding impact and character to the historic interior. Once-cluttered landings are now welcome places of respite. Characters punctuate lighthouse beauty and function, count steps, callout views and engage via social-media.
In the Education Center, model ships tell stories of famous sea journeys and a miniature lighthouse permits accessible play and lens exploration for non-climbers.
A contemporary salon and stylized sandbar, sensitively inserted into the historic two-story keeper’s house, presents immersive experiences. Upstairs, silhouettes come to life as an archaeological-gridded ocean-floor map, dive video, and hands-on navigational interactions. Submerging below, visitors traverse the sandbar’s undulating terrain experiencing challenges of oceanographic topography. Shipwreck artifact embedded in this floating classroom ebbs and flows into bench display, yet carefully leaves the historic structure untouched. Cisterns once housing water supplies highlight model ships floating in perilous colonial currents and unpredictable waves of light.
Through an architecture of storytelling, the museum reaffirms its mission of play and preservation, sharing lighthouse stories in the nation’s oldest port.
Architecture Is Fun, Inc.