Light at the end of the tunnel.
Natural light plays an essential role in the interaction between user and space. It has the ability to create dynamic atmospheres that influence mood and emotion. The main ambition of the project is to create a series of atmospherically unique and diverse experiences of space and light. While also exploring the transition between those different lighting conditions throughout the house, from dark to light, private to public. The project explores the relationship between light and architecture. And through that, use architecture as an experimental box to create different qualities of light and intimate experiences of space.

East elevation of the house

The exterior of the house is made predominantly out of off-form concrete, accompanied by a series of fire-resistant fiber cement cladding that is similar in appearance with timber. Furthermore, the house ‘steps’ according to the slope of the site, create a stronger connection with the natural environment.

Matrix of different qualities of light

The different lighting conditions are distilled into different categories, then applied to the programs of the house accordingly.

The light matrix was used as a tool to form the different experiences and qualities of light across the house. For instance, active spaces like living, lounge and the kitchen are deliberately positioned to the north to allow for direct sunlight. While more private programs are orientated so that it achieves a dark, more intimate lighting quality.

A view of the main corridor entrance

The main corridor into the house is delibrately dim with very limited openings. The transition from the different lighting conditions, dark to light creates an experience where there is an expansion of space, from the dark (enclosed) corridor, to the bright (open) living area. This creates a sense of journey and discovery as you transition across the different programs.

A view of the living room

The living area is situated to the north-east of the house, large northern windows allows direct sunlight into the space, while the south windows provide a breath-taking view of the ocean.

The abundence of direct sunlight helps activate the living area of the house and create a lively and energetic environment for inhabitants. In addition, the bi-fold doors provide oppotunity for the living space to expand outwards onto the deck when required.

A view of the study

The study is situated to the south to make use of diffused natural light. This creates an ideal environment for reading and working with minimal harsh direct sun. The strategic placements of openings and fenestration makes for dynamic lighting conditions that shift across the day. It provides a range of atmospherically unique qualities and experiences for the user of the space.

Long section of the various lighting conditions across the house.

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