DAYLIGHT as a design medium
Daylight is a key ingredient to satisfy our needs, but only when it is implemented properly. By examining different type of fenestration forms (area’s which allow light to pass in an external wall of the building) we can discover new spatial qualities into our architectural environment, due to specific fenestration concepts.
The focus point is daylight within serial dwellings, this because housing of such a format can only benefit of daylight coming from the front or back façade. To create an overall daylight characteristic we need to change the traditional side fenestration (which provides view and daylight) into large voids on the upper part of the architectural lay-out.
Implementing large voids high upon the architectural layout makes it possible to create ‘’blocks’’ which determine whether the inhabitant wants to benefit from the dynamic, defining, contrasting or activating quality of daylight. With this system we turn the incoming daylight quantity into a specific daylight quality.
Since the daylight levels within the dwelling is determined by the large upper voids, small voids can be created to provide view outside, positioned on the inhabitants activity.
With this two basic elements (large voids – indirect daylight / small voids – direct daylight and view) it is possible to create a basic housing structure and additional blocks which suit the idea of mass customization. Each inhabitant can choose their own preferred daylight quality and has the possibility to take the ‘’block’’ off the basic structure when new dwellers move in with a different daylight preference.