Throughout human evolution, we’ve been conditioned by the way sunlight changes. Delivering light into the heart of buildings is an essential task of architecture – however modern or ancient. But it seems to have lost ground to other factors, to the detriment of human needs.
Chris Lowe, Lighting Associate at BDP, guides us through the importance of daylight design in evoking human response and creating energy efficient spaces.
Image: Pantheon, Rome
Natural light makes us more creative and productive (source: Human Spaces) and it supercharges our learning abilities (source: Clever Classrooms). It also has a direct impact on our biology, by regulating our hormonal systems (e.g. production of cortisol and melatonin).
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Natural light variation (next slide)
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Many thanks to Chris Lowe and the team at BDP’s Manchester offices, where we filmed and collected this material in summer 2017.