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“ Light is the basic, indispensable material of architecture. It has the mysterious but real capacity – the magical capacity – of bringing space into tension with man. The capacity of endowing that space with such quality that people are deeply moved by it.” 

 Alberto Campo Baeza


“Art does not reproduce what we see; it makes us see," wrote the Swiss painter, Paul Klee. The same can be said – with even greater emphasis – of architecture. Great buildings have always rendered things visible that would otherwise pass unnoticed, from the character of a place to the simple beauty of natural phenomena. Daylight, in particular, has a profound influence on our health and well-being. It is both a treat and a treatment that the sun sends us for free every day. Yet we rarely become aware of it until a particular experience makes us reflect on our relation to daylight. The photographs of offices, dwellings and a university building, as well as the handwritten notes, on the following pages, seek to contribute to this reflection. The two photographers, Adam Mørk and Daniel Blaufuks, have captured both their own sensual experience and the behaviour of people inside these buildings. The photographs thus look inwards and outwards at the same time. How, and where, does daylight enter the spaces? How does it influence where people sit, stand and move? How does the intensity and colour of light change over time? How can the warmth of the sun be felt on the walls and furniture, and on one’s own skin? Welcome to a journey to daylight and the everyday miracle that it performs in the buildings we inhabit.
Photography: Adam Mørk and Daniel Blaufuks Collages and handwritten notes: Daniel Blaufuks




DAYLIGHT MATTER(S)

ISSUE 26


Daylight has great impact on our health and happiness. It enriches our everyday lives with sensual pleasure. In fact daylight matters to all of us. The current issue of Daylight/Architecture discusses the vital importance of natural light from a variety of viewpoints.

In his essay, Juhani Pallasmaa describes how daylight interacts with our senses, and how great architects have harnessed this interplay to create memorable spaces, where light almost becomes a material of its own. Read more(link til atiklen) The impact of daylight on our health and wellbeing is discussed by Deborah Burnett in her article. She gives an update on recent research, that has found more pathways through which light exposure influences our sleep/wake cycles, hormone production, performance and alertness levels. Peter Holzer argues in his article, that designers should take the long-term health effects of buildings into account. This would imply allowing much more daylight in buildings. Read more (link til artikel).

The magazine features four buildings as examples of the interplay of light, human health and wellbeing. Photographers Adam Mørk and Daniel Blaufuks seek to capture the magic that natural light gives to the building’s atmospheres and does to the bodies and minds of people living, working and learning in buildings.

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