YAC lighthouse sea hotel
LFBR embeds sports hotel into the sicilian coast for YAC lighthouse competition
all images courtesy of LFBR




the lighthouse sea hotel competition called for proposals to transform an abandoned structure in sicily into a touristic complex capable of accommodating guests. this design by LFBR — titled ‘the light traces’ — was chosen as a finalist from over 900 entries.


murro di porco’s lighthouse is a historic landmark located on a privileged site surrounded by three main elements: sky, rock, and sea. the proposed scheme seeks to pay tribute to the almost forgotten light beam that has guided hundreds of ships to the safety of the sicilian coast. ‘the vestiges of this path remark the historic memory of the site and give place to gathering points that act as the sparks of hope for a respectful welfare,’ explains the design team. the scheme’s materiality comprises rammed earth, washed concrete, corten steel and curved glass. all of which have been designed to merge with the natural roughness of the terrain and the turbulent sea.

YAC lighthouse sea hotel
an aerial view of the coastal site in sicily




the tactile design invites guests into a sensory experience, where they are able to immerse themselves in the sea air, feel the rugged terrain beneath their feet, and hear the waves crashing against the rocks below. the lighthouse continues its role as a beacon, welcoming guests and creating a sense of arrival. the sport-themed development encourages visitors to embrace an active lifestyle with bike paths carved out of the landscape. the hotel encourages all guests to befriend their neighbors in order to generate a community atmosphere. bonfire areas and juice bars have also been created with the desire to promote interaction.

YAC lighthouse sea hotel
bonfire areas and juice bars have been created with the desire to promote interaction




the center of the hotel invites guests to participate in a collective bonfire, where an inclined slab maximizes views towards the sea. this area allows people to relax on the roof watching the clouds as they pass by. other amenities include natural pools, controlled sea pools, two restaurants, and an artificial reef. a number of sporting activities are catered for, such as hiking, cycling, swimming, climbing, scuba diving, snorkeling, and kayaking. these recreations foster a sense of community and encourage guests to preserve resources and respect the natural environment.

YAC lighthouse sea hotel
conceptual diagrams

YAC lighthouse sea hotel
hotel mobility diagram

YAC lighthouse sea hotel

YAC lighthouse sea hotel
lobby plan

YAC lighthouse sea hotel
hotel room flexibility




project info:


architectural project: LFBR
project team: santiago garcia de letona, rodrigo flores, francisco barrera, armando roman
program: water sports hotel
construction area: 2,900 sqm
terrain area: 74,411 sqm
termination date: 2016
status: competition idea
location: siracuse, italy
awards: YAC lighthouse competition finalist (chosen from more than 900 submissions)



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edited by: philip stevens | designboom