Wayfinding Beacon, Kingston

As part of the team at Tomato, this project is part of a scheme to regenerate a part of Kingston, London. The project involves a collaboration between Tomato, BuroHappold Engineering, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects and OKRA.



The Beacon structure is formed from the combination ideas about a dial or clock face around which things move and the idea of a point of focus and coming together of things.

Its geometry generated from taking a circular point and repeating simple crossed elements around it in a radial array. When viewed together, these elements create the impression of a curve and a volume similar to a paraboloid. The structure is open and non-covered, the crossing elements form angled arches which allow people to move freely through the base of the Beacon. The vertical view upwards through the structure frames a view of the sky and creates a moment to pause before moving on.

The Beacon has been designed to incorporate wayfinding elements (signage) as well as a distinctive kinetic art installation. The kinetic element of the Beacon aims to generate a place specific experience referencing the Muybridge zoetrope which engages people around ideas of movement, animation and image generation. The kinetic element is intended to be interactive in that it can be activated by the public.

I was responsible for 3d modelling, as well as visualising the proposal. The proposal was modelled parametrically using grasshopper, allowing me to design the relationships between the elements making up the structure. This allows the model to be easily adjustable, to view different dimensions, arrangements and compositions of the structure.