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The KAUST Breakwater Beacon has become a symbol for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. Designed by Daniel Tobin, principal of Australian architecture firm Urban Art Projects, it is a contemporary interpretation of a lighthouse. The 60-meter high landmark stands at the entrance to the harbor. The Breakwater Beacon draws inspiration from ancient Arabic maritime traditions, regional artwork and architectural detailing, and links to the marine ecology of the Red Sea.  Built of pre-cast concrete blocks, the complex structure is a collection of unique amorphous hexagonal sections that rise into an elliptical spire. The interior space is sheltered by dappled shade and serves as a space for communal gatherings.

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