Daylight – architectural methods and tools
The project aims to develop new daylight methods from a design perspective with a point of departure in today’s architectural challenges, where the dynamic nature of daylight is examined as a time-based quality in historical, contemporary and future rooms. The project combines architecture history, lighting science and artistic research and will contribute to the design theory of light, as well as to concrete methods and tools in the design process. Great emphasis is placed on the pedagogical element – how the knowledge of light can be conveyed and deepened in the architecture task.
Contemporary architecture has largely departed from the treatment of light as spatial quality. Complex programs and economic requirements have created deeper building volumes, today’s energy requirements new frameworks for the design of facades and windows and emerging environmental classification systems use advanced calculations to quantify energy and daylight. Increased quantification also means increased confidence in light research based on measuring tools, which do not include spatial qualities. All in all, this has a great influence on the architect’s work and on the design of contemporary architecture. New approaches and methods of daylight design therefore need to be developed that strengthen the human experience of space.
The project is divided into three parts: The Design Theory of Light,
The Architectural History of Light, The Architect’s Laboratory and is based on case studies of historical and contemporary buildings and interiors focusing on the treatment of daylight.
The dynamic daylight plays a unique role in architecture through its ability to provide information about time and place. At northern latitudes, natural light has a significant variation in intensity, direction and colour which provide architecture with a special opportunity to work with the shifts of daylight.
The case studies investigate how this appears in the architecture design and possible methods for working with light as an integral part of the built. One prerequisite for the project is studies in the natural movements of daylight. Light is scaleless and will be tested in real time through physical models, full-scale tests and staging.
module 2 , exhibition design concept