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Old December 11th, 2012, 04:33 PM   #1
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Architecture which uses light other than just for illumination

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Could anybody suggest any buildings they can think of, which use light (prefer natural) as part of design.

I am thinking the way in which Tadao Ando does in his Church of Light, Osaka.
Maybe Liberskind in Berlin with his Jewish museum.

Just interesting and powerful use of light in architecture basically.

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Old December 11th, 2012, 09:13 PM   #2
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Here are a few suggestions using daylight in different ways and will Start local
- Liverpool catholic cathedral with the lantern
- Notre Dame du haut by Corb with the various sized openings punched through the walls is a stunnin use
- The Pantheon in Rome
- Cuadra San Cristobel by Luis Barragan
- Roman art museum, Merida, Spain

If you are interested, there is a really good chapter on daylight in Architecture in 'Experiencing architecture' by Steen Eiler Rasmussen. The first book one of my old tutors told me to read and it is still as good and inspirational all these years later. published by MIT press by the way
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Any medieval gothic cathedral, York Minster would be the best example in England. The huge stained glass windows of these buildings not only flood the interiors with light, the columns were designed to accentuate light and shadow. This is also true in a more subtle form in ancient Greek architecture, the carvings and mouldings on the columns were designed to exploit sunlight.
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- The Pantheon in Rome
Scientists believe that the 2,000-year-old Pantheon in Rome acts as a giant sundial



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Old December 12th, 2012, 08:13 PM   #5
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Cheers guys.

My findings so far are:

Steven Holl's Chapel St. Igantus in Seattle
Nouvel's under construction Museum 'Louvre' in Abu Dhabi
Zumthor Spa Vals

So your contributions are all valid and welcome.

It if my Dissertation.

I am writing about architecture which use light in a way other than for practicality. And asking the question why it is not done more, in creating spacial quality which is enjoyable to be in, rather than the standard and repetitive spaces we see today.
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