More stories about Daylighting

  • glass play

    Like the kitchen downstairs, the loft's master bathroom draws natural light from a single source—this time from the window wall in the adjacent bedroom. A double-wide doorway with a frosted glass sliding door facilitates the flow.

  • light duty

    Architect Heather McKinney enhances the limited amount of natural light in her kitchen by using aluminum-framed frosted glass doors, clear glass shelves and artificial lighting.

  • let there be light

    My family thinks if the sun has set outside, then it's time to use every available watt to illuminate the interior of the house. I, on the other hand, believe ambient light inside the house should follow the circadian rhythm of the day.

  • necessary good

    A lot of change has occurred recently in the design and construction industries. It's a palpable change that manifests itself in client meetings, site visits, and the media. Headlines like “America Goes Green” and “A Sustainable Future” grace our desks. W

  • bluff calling

    The restaurateurs who own this Colorado home wanted a house that could absorb entertaining on a grand scale while also serving as a quiet refuge for their family of six. A 12-acre parcel of ranchland edged by sandstone bluffs gives them the peace they see

  • on the boards: above it all

    With the Q, a minimalist tower draped in glass, Jonathan Segal, FAIA, is taking his ideas for energy-sipping design to a new level. Segal plans to spend $11 million—his biggest investment so far—to construct the seven-story building in San Diego's Little

  • sources

    Product information from RADA 2007's winning projects.

  • Pattern Language

    When designing this expanded and remodeled kitchen in a 1932 Seattle home, architect Nils Finne faced a common dilemma.

  • open wide

    Nothing worth doing is easy, right? Well, the limitations of this Seattle infill site would daunt most mortals: The steep urban lot is deemed a “critical area” in danger of mudslides. Its southern exposures—crucial to passive-solar benefits—face a freeway.

  • master glass

    Whitney Sander's house is located on a 28-foot-by-90-foot lot in a dense Venice, Calif., neighborhood. Its three-foot setback means the architect can stand in his house and seemingly shake his neighbor's hand, and yet, he somehow managed to design light-f