Daylight connecting communities
With this issue of Daylight/Architecture, we are inviting you on a journey to four special places of collective experience - where daylight is one of the most important means of creating an inviting atmosphere.
We take off from the Pantheon in Rome, a magical location that has been fascinating people for centuries with an article by Adrian Carter, who forges a bridge between the former Roman temple and two more recent buildings that embody another kind of social gathering; Jørn Utzon's Bagsvaerd church near Copenhagen and the newly opened Newport Islamic Centre from 2017 by Glenn Murcutt in Melbourne. Utzon’s and Murcutt’s building are deeply embedded in the local context, enabling their visitors to experience daylight in new and unprecedented ways.
This connects them to the next building: The Naoshima Hall in Honmura, created by Hiroshi Sambuichi, a venue for sports and cultural events and part of a greater transformation strategy for the islands in south Japan's inland sea. Sambuichi uses 'moving materials' like daylight and fresh air to create an optimum indoor climate for the users of the hall.
The FRAC museum in Dunkirk designed by Lacaton & Vassal integrates an abandoned dockyard hall in its monumental dimensions in order to create a space for future and unforeseen uses. The building's light-flooded, lightweight envelope makes it possible to experience the sea climate on the coast of the English Channel even inside the building.
Taken together, these examples illustrate how daylight in buildings moves people – psychologically and physically, individually and collectively. Dedicated architects can use this potential to connect communities and improve their quality of life.