“Light” in Architecture has been at the forefront of architectural thinking for decades but it seems to have been put aside as a secondary. While at the same time energy concerns are rising, some of them closely linked with natural lighting, its use seems to be confined to provide the “right” amount of light while making sure to reduce solar gains. As if the magic of light which has been a core value of architecture for centuries, an integral part of most cultural expression accross civilizations had vanished in front of quantifiable values, norms and diktat about what is confortable or not.
On the other hand, It might seems odd, then, that glass being one of Light’s favourite medium, is still perceived as the ever contemporary material. How can the question of light become secondary when the use of glass is so ubiquitous ?
In the following blog, I will present some projects where light and glass have a central role, together or separately. I will question their use in architecture and more broadly in our contemporary culture. Through some case studies and many examples, I will try to unveil some trends, hopefully give the desire to think about them differently and open some new grounds for explorations.