Architecture in Night: Lanterns in the Landscape
In most places fall means altering leave and falling temperatures, but nearly everywhere that it equates with shorter times. A substantial signal of the last happens when Daylight Saving Time (DST) endings, usually about a week after Halloween, and sunset goes forward 1 hour.
This change brings night closer to the end of the workday, making people aware of the way buildings are educated and the unique presence they have after the sun goes down. This ideabook celebrates architecture through the night as a means to point out various strategies for artificially lighting interiors and exteriors, and just for the pleasure of looking at houses in a different light.
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Bercy Chen Studio
This two-family house is articulated into two steel-and-glass pavilions linked by a glass hallway. Shade is used to distinguish both of these homes in 1 project. It is most striking at nighttime when red surfaces shine and blue stripes stand in a vertical comparison. The abundance of glass means the colours visually blend and overlap.
As in the last example, this picture and the couple that follow reveal how backyards — that frequently are more receptive than building fronts — often shine at night. This house by Paul Raff Studio includes minimal but powerful outside lighting in the pool and beneath the canopy; the former provides a nice splash of colour. Notice how the random slots in the double-height wall next to the stair are highlighted by the illumination of the space behind it.
Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects
This house, whose different rooms alit explain the great number of openings (punched, corner, curtain wall), additionally incorporates a common exterior light in modern houses: down lights built into soffits or eaves. They are observable in the roof at top-right along with the overhanging quantity at left. Light on each side of a pane of glass enables you to look through itif light is mostly on one side, the glass is much more opaque.
In this picture we see the eave lights just like those from the previous example. Here it visually extends the living room into the terrace beyond. And notice the clerestory at abandoned, particularly the way the light washes the bottom of the roof and produces a halo effect.
Sutton Suzuki Architects
This house comprises glass-block pavers in a circle which excels at night. The glass block functions as a skylight during the day along with a unique lantern at night.
Sam Crawford Architects
Lantern is an apt word for this house’s presence at night, provided that the translucent walls beneath the corrugated metal roofs.
Dan Forer, Photographer
A house’s presence at night can also be helped by uplights that highlight surfaces, like in this sculptural house by Myron Goldfinger. These sorts of lights should be used carefully and sparingly (or as down lights rather ), in order not to bring about light pollution which blocks out the nighttime skies.
This houses uses a few outdoor lighting strategies: a wall-wash fixture (the origin is outside of frame in the bottom) that signals the staircase to the front door; down lights in the canopy which clearly demarcate the entry path around and through the gate; and uplights that highlight the texture of the timber cladding and supply some ambient light for eating outside.
Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects
Numerous lights in the landscaping light the road to the front door of this house. The shine of the interior spaces gives the house a solid layering, from the prominent corner window to the entry behind the garden wall and finally the high windows set back beyond.
Thomas Shafer Architects LLC
The front of this house is lit by low wall fittings close to the front doorway and uplights set into the ground (notice the circular cover ) that point up into the trees. The various colours of the curtains in the windows are a nice touch.
This daring design features a cantilevered pub across a volume set into the ground. The former is reached by a footbridge over the steep slope. At nighttime the cantilever is prominent due to the expansive glass being illuminated, but the soft white glow of this bridge occupies the (mild )show.
Eggleston Farkas Architects
Like the last example, this house gains prominence throughout illuminating the distance behind the expansive glass walls. The bottom of the projecting floors can be lit up, hinting at the presence of a space underneath. (It’s a playroom fashioned in the old bunker the house sits upon.)
To continue with glowing boxes, the glass wall at the very top floor includes projecting glass fins which add some subtle colour and a rhythm to the long elevation.
This house’s design is accentuated through the night: The frosted glass doors protect the garageabove are large glass walls along with the double-height living area; to the left are spaces, such as bedrooms, that want privacy. The identical reading sometimes happens throughout the day, but at night the void (glass) comes to the fore as the strong (walls) recedes in our creativity.
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