More stories about Daylighting

  • the great divide

    To add walls or not to add walls? That was the question Elizabeth Whittaker, Assoc. AIA, faced when renovating this Boston loft. Her client wanted to keep the wide-open spaces and exposed terra-cotta brick ceiling, but he was looking for a modicum of organization and privacy. Glass was the solution.

  • guiding light

    The problem of bringing natural light into spaces that lack it has vexed architects for centuries. Katherine Chia, AIA, and Arjun Desai came up with a smart, modern alternative when designing the conversion of this New York City loft from a commercial warehouse space to a residential one.

  • articulating the minimal

    Brian Messana, AIA, and Toby O'Rorke, RIBA have been practicing the art of minimalism since opening for business in 1996. They've developed a keen eye for the calming qualities of space and light, and a reputation for quiet, nuanced innovation.

  • breathing room

    Warm and gentle aren't usually the first words that come to mind when talking about contemporary architecture. But those are exactly the descriptors New York City-based architects Katherine Chia, AIA, and Arjun Desai hope to hear when people see their work.

  • Walden, Colo., Residence

    When it was in the planning stage, this weekend retreat had some people a little nervous.

  • industrial loft conversion project, philadelphia

    Given a raw space of exposed masonry and timber framing, John Hubert, AIA, decided to leave well enough alone—mostly. The space—in the former and aptly named Triangle Theater—was challenging in its shape but possessed 11-foot ceilings and abundant natural

  • madison square, new york city

    Desai/Chia's build-out of this “cavernous space with no light in the back” introduces both light and logic with permeable partition walls.

  • modular: crabapple, omaha, neb.

    The judges marveled at the craftsmanship of the Crabapple model at Hidden Creek, a community of 12 modern houses in Omaha, Neb. "It's interesting that we're talking about craft relating to production technologies," mused one.

  • the duke, scottsdale, ariz.

    These townhouses contribute vibrancy to a mixed neighborhood of light-industrial structures and multifamily residential buildings of the clay tile-and-stucco variety. Our judges praised the project's “remarkable color” and “beautiful elevations”; one note

  • outside-in loft, boston

    The opportunity to purchase side-by-side apartments on the top floor of a Chinatown building allowed these clients to build the light-filled loft they really wanted. Although a structural partition between the two units had to stay, Höweler + Yoon Archite