Two Windows

 

2 Windows

One of the most interesting and inspiring design books to me is Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander and Murray Silverstein.

They say a picture speaks a thousand words and I would love to share my “notes” on some the patterns of humans that influence the design of buildings.

They say a picture speaks a thousand words and I would love to share my “notes” on some the patterns of humans that influence the design of buildings.

159 LIGHT ON TWO SIDES OF A ROOM

“ When they have a choice, people will always gravitate to those rooms which have light on two sides, and leave the rooms which are lit only from one side unused and empty.”

One window: A strong contract between light and dark from the inside to the outside create an uncomfortable glare.

Windows on two sides: The light from the windows illuminates the walls the room is filled with natural light and the glare is reduced. 

Examples :

Residence M&M by Bonina Arquitetura in Brasil https://www.archdaily.com/454062/m-and-m-residence-bonina-arquitetura

RSC Residence –Jacobsen Arquitetura https://www.archdaily.com/629527/rsc-residence-jacobsen-arquitetura

 

 

Rooms recognized as:

-Comfortable

-Friendly

-Contribute to a social atmosphere

 Why?

-Rooms lit by natural light

-There are less glare around people and objects

– Can observe details in objects as well as people’s expressions

Other solutions:

Here are a few suggestions to have the same desired effect as 2 windows in a room especially if the room is very deep.

High windows

High ceilings

White walls

Deep reveals

Incorporating windows from two sides remains the basic and simpler design resolution for a comfortable and sociable room.

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