Daylighting offers a general theory and introduction to the use of natural light in architecture. The fourth of Derek Phillip’s lighting books draws on his experience to illustrate how best to bring natural light into building design. As sustainability becomes a core principal for designers, daylighting comes to the fore as an alternative to artificial, energy consuming, light.
Here, Phillips makes a rational argument for considering daylight first, outlining the arguments in favour of a daylight approach, and goes on to show, through a series of beautifully illustrated case studies, how architects have created buildings in which natural light has been shown to play a major strategic role in the development of the design of a building.
- Learn how to incorporate daylight into a wide range of building design types
- Be informed about the most ‘sustainable’ of lighting techniques
- International case studies including examples from the UK, Hong Kong and USA inspire the reader and illustrate best practice.
Since the earliest cave times, daylight has influenced the lives of the inhabitants, initially to distinguish day from night, but as dwellings became more sophisticated, light began to shine through openings and windows. The history of architecture is synonymous with the history of windows.
From the first crude openings that let in light and air, heat and cold, windows were a means of introducing daylight, eventually leading to medieval cathedrals, Baroque churches, and the splendid interiors of many 18th century private buildings.
Although windows have evolved over the centuries, their purpose of bringing in daylight remains their primary role. Initially, a variety of materials were used, including thin sheets of marble, sheets of mica, and oilpaper, but it was not until the development of glass for windows that substantial progress was made.
About the Book
Daylighting provides a general theory and introduction to the use of natural light in architecture.
This fourth book on lighting by Derek Philippe draws on his experience to explain the best ways to incorporate natural light in to architectural design. As sustainability becomes a central issue for designers, daylighting is being pushed to the fore front as an alternative to artificial, energy-consuming light. Phillips presents the rationale for putting daylight first, outlines the arguments in favor of the daylighting approach, and through a series of beautifully illustrated case studies, shows how architects have created buildings in which natural light has been shown to play a major strategic role in building design development The presentation will show case the following.
- Learn how to incorporate daylight in to various types of architectural designs.
- Learn about the most “sustainable” lighting technologies.
- International case studies, including examples from the UK, Hong Kong, and the US, will inspire readers and illustrate best practices.