16. Oct 2015

No. 99 – Daylight solutions

Sept/Oct 2015

Urban living goes natural
Or … people who live in glass houses should not build with stones
Text: Joachim Ritter
For many designers and clients, bringing nature and natural effects inside buildings, especially private homes, is the optimum approach, but is often doomed to failure when confronted with the reality of the urban environment. Too much urban space and traffic, and too little private sphere. Unless the garden becomes an integral part of the living space and the windows in the wall of the house are replaced by a semi-transparent glass facade. Then even the city itself can become a green space. A model for the future?

The promise
Natural light on your wedding day! What else?
Text: Joachim Ritter
In the dynamic, colourful world we live in the rainbow will never lose its aura as something truly special. It combines serenity, tranquillity and confidence, the spirit required to overcome difficult times. Whenever a rainbow appears in the sky it conjures a smile on the viewer’s lips. And although it features all the colours that RGB technology can generate, it can rest assured that its unique quality will remain unchallenged, because it needs daylight and the natural constellation of the contradiction of sun and rain, to enter into a commitment to create something meaningful. A promise – and an apt concept for a wedding chapel.

The Sancaklar Mosque in Istanbul manages with very little ornamentation and thrives on incident daylight
Text: Joachim Ritter
When life is dull, uneventful or even depressing, we yearn for pomp and frills. And yet when we are overcome by the hectic flow of normality there is nothing we like better than seclusion and simplicity. People around the world frequently resort to sacred buildings to help them find what they are missing outside their social lives, in order to discover and contemplate what they hold within themselves.

Changing space, although nothing changes
Toying with perception
Text: Joachim Ritter
When we look into a mirror we are generally trying to observe or see ourselves from a different perspective. And even though we ourselves do not change, it can happen that we discover something new about the way we look. It is all a question of standpoint and perception. And it is also possible to have a space “look” into a mirror and discover new things about itself…

Light for the soul
Text: Augusto Ramalhão
“Light for the soul” – throughout history many have said that light and the soul are one and the same thing, and to be perfectly honest one could approach this topic in a number of seemingly antagonistic ways because they would neither be false nor incorrect. The challenging nature of this topic begs for an active mind and a broad albeit subjective approach. So I will try to focus on exactly how we can gain meaningful insight from this idea, and perhaps a different logic pertaining to the practice of lighting design – or a new lighting design mentality, if you will.

Creating illusions of nature using artificial light
Text: Neda Vedadian
People from all walks of life, of varying ages and differing cultures are frequently amazed when they gaze out to sea across shimmering dunes or when they witness a stunning sunset. It seems as though light has a magical power which can bring an essence of hope and happiness to our lives.

Energy vs. health?
With our towns and cities becoming increasingly denser, should we not be reconsidering the role and value of integrative lighting design in planning processes?
Text: Arne Hülsmann, Peter Andres beratende Ingenieure, Hamburg
Urban space is becoming more densely populated and political decisions related to climate change are affecting energy issues at the start of the planning phase. It is becoming increasingly important that daylight design receives sufficient attention. To prevent daylight being “taken hostage” by a misguided energy debate, we need to re-think the way our buildings are designed. This can only happen if daylight is perceived as a quality factor offering added value.


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