Study: Daylight in Architecture

Carried out by UNStudio’s Sustainability Platform, this study presents a compilation of different aspects of daylight as sustainable features in various UNStudio projects. The following text is an extraction of the full study, which you can download here as a PDF.

The aim of designing for optimal daylighting is to get as much natural light as possible deep into the building while controlling heat and surface brightness within the users’ fields of vision. While many devices encourage daylight to penetrate far into a building, other systems attempt to reduce daylight ingress. Depending on location and building typology, the parameters of direct and diffuse radiation, along with sun impact studies, lead to conclusions that have varying influence on orientation, massing, programme and envelope.

The UNStudio approach to daylight in architecture is illustrated by in its design strategies, architectural elements and tools and devices.

UNStudio Team: Valentin Goetze, Milena Stopic, Filippo Lodi, Erwin Horstmanshof, Adi Utama