Skip to main content


Sunlight connects architecture directly to nature, and it allows people to perceive space constantly changing around them. It is continuously revealing new areas, edges, curves, and surfaces1. This natural phenomenon shapes our sense of time and space, and it transforms the way we perceive our daily environments. 

The appropriate use of daylight is extremely important when designing a building or an open public space. Daylight can change dramatically the sense and feel of an area throughout the day in different seasons of the year2. A building’s function, feel, and performance deals directly with the way daylight is controlled and used. When and how sunlight enters a structure or a particular area is crucial. Openings, colors, materials, textures, shapes, and sizes are directly influenced by sunlight. It highlights the building’s design, and it defines the character of its spaces. It makes the built environment dynamic. 

In addition, daylight has the potential of improving people’s health and their wellbeing3. Thus, it is one of the most important factors when designing a building. Daylight dictates many of the building’s functions, and it accentuates its architecture and form4.

© MetropolitanmomentuM

1: William M.C. Lam, Perception and Lighting as Formgivers for Architecture (New York: Wiley, John & Sons, 1992).
2: Derek Phillips. Daylighting: Natural Light in Architecture (United Kingdom: Routledge, 2004).
3: Mohamed Boubekri. Daylighting, Architecture and Health: BuildingDesign Strategies (United Kingdom: Architectural Press, 2008). 
4: Victoria Meyers. Designing With Light (New York: Abbeville Press, 2006).

Popular posts from this blog

Can man-made structures be designed to work with Nature?

Human Scale

The way we experience a building, an interior space or an outdoor area is related to our perception of space and scale.
Our senses provide us with our own understanding of space. Likewise, our bodies are fundamental to forming our understanding of scale. Intuitively, we identify the way our human bodies relate to different objects in space. Consequently, we perceive scale based on our own physical dimensions in relation to our surroundings1.
Different emotions and reactions can be triggered by the character of a space. Some areas feel confining and other areas feel ample based on our sense of space in relation to our bodies2. Thus, it is important for any project to have an appropriate human scale.
It is imperative to consider the human anatomy when designing architecture3. The human body provides a basic design module. It is an essential unit when designing environments for human activities. It guides the way individual architectural elements work. This is true of any structure, inte…