Design showcase: Top five projects that master the use of natural light
In our latest TOPHOTELDESIGN collaboration, we examine five properties whose designers have cleverly used sunshine to add a whole new dimension to the guest experience.
The great Louise Kahn once said: “Architecture appears for the first time when sunlight hits a wall.”
Shining a light on great design
Although an architectural project comes to life with palpable materials, it is also defined by intangible qualities like natural light that gives dynamism, richness and liveliness. The interaction of light and shadow transforms interiors and affects their perception, determining the user’s spatial experience.
The clever design of natural light can be energising or calming, adding a sense of intimacy or drama to the place. It can render a radical change in interior spaces. Natural light makes materials and textures show themselves deeper, and true colours shine, bringing out their true essence.
Today, we’ve selected five projects that create remarkable atmospheres by manipulating sunlight in different ways.
Hoshinoya Tokyo with its continued façade of a patterned and translucent double skin gives a sense of calm and magic.
Mason Pattaya repeats the floor-to-ceiling vertical cut on private villas to let sun and nature penetrate in a dramatic and beautiful way.
Patina Maldives, Fari Islands creates a sanctuary, diffusing the natural light through the ceiling directly to the water mirror, transforming the spa into an oasis.
W Shanghai – The Bund comes to revolutionise the concept using coloured glass that transforms the pool into a vibrant mass of water.
And Casa Fantini creates a more drastic transition between sun and shadow, painting the space like a black-and-white game.
by Azuma Architect & Associates
Imagery: © Shinsuke Matsukawa
by VaSLab Architecture
Patina Maldives, Fari Islands
Imagery: © Georg Roske
W Shanghai – The Bund
Imagery: © Ralf Tooten
by Lissoni & Partners
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