Raise the roof - lessons learning in natural lighting
Ginkgo House ArchitectureFebruary 16, 2013
This house has a generous southern exposure (as well as magnificent views), but natural light was not making it into the deeper spaces of the home. This darkness created a high contrast with the bright areas next to the plate glass windows and made it difficult for the eye to adjust. Thus, lights were turned on during the day to minimize unpleasant glare. To solve the project, we pitched half of the flat roof and added clearstory windows to allow more light to come into the space. This, along with brighter surfaces allow light to bounce deeper into the space. The elimination of high light contrast in this space makes for a more calming and pleasing environment.