EPFL gateway "Lighthouse"

“It's the first impression and will either open the door or close it.”
Nicholas Sparks, Author

It often said that one should not judge a book by its cover, but none-the less publishers and book designers go to great lengths to ensure that the covers of books are representative of the intentions of the author, and attractive enough to entice readers into the book.

A gateway, the first architectural impression of a place, city, castle or home is a significant and representative marker for the inhabitants. The gate gives the first impression of the place, and sets an expectation for the visit. But the gate is not only representative, a gateway should be an icon both of the place, but also of the “entry condition”. It should clearly communicate the message “ENTRANCE” and it is the first word in the “discussion” on way-finding or directions for further progression through the place.