The Importance Of Light In Architecture

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Light, a form of energy because of which life exists on our planet. It enables our most valuable asset – sight. It allows us to visualize, recognize and comprehend in the most efficient and effective way, after which it can be stored in our memory in the form of images. The type and amount of light elevates our mood and gives us a sense of security.
The role of light in architecture is crucial. It activates what we call space, its aesthetic effect, the emotion linked with it and also helps understand textures and colours to a building.
Lighting defines a residence and is one of the most important feature an architect must think about. Only by the way he uses light, whether natural or artificial, defines his piece of work. He must bring just
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Rooms filled with natural light seem to be more spacious, and have an ambience that no artificial light source can duplicate. There are many ways to do this, one of the easiest and most widespread way today is to provide a number of windows of different shapes and sizes wherever necessary, keeping the climate in mind; they can be expansive like picture windows or simply narrow slits. Another way is to design walls having apertures and placing them in a particular direction to allow the required light to enter the space. But not every space is built with the purpose of maximizing natural light indoors through walls and that is where skylights, sun tunnels, and roof windows come…show more content…
Situated in a prominent location overlooking the city of Winchester, England; this residences shows how emotions impact a design. The residence displays a flat overhanging roof, dark grey brick, cedar cladding and grey aluminium framed windows. The clients, having recently lost a daughter, wanted a house that would give them a positive focus and a fresh start. Hence, the house was built around a central garden and the concept behind being this house is the principle of the 3 N’s: Nature, Natural light and Natural air. The extensive glazing to walls, roof lights and open central garden allow natural light to flood the upper floor, giving a generous feeling of space. The skylights create an enchanting backdrop to the interior, the spaces constantly alive with light and shadow from passing clouds, providing a stimulating continual connection to the elements. Large sliding panels of glass to the primary elevation and courtyard ensure natural ventilation and also a free flow of natural fresh air. The bedrooms and snug are intentionally darker, giving a cosier retreat downstairs. (Daily,

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