October is National Architecture Month, also known in some circles as Archtober. To commemorate the month, I am going to post a brief post every day of the month.
Le Corbusier famously said that
Architecture is the masterful, correct and magnificent play of masses brought together in light.
And that is an under-statement. That’s just looking at a building from the exterior. But on the inside light alone can be used to define a place, or determine the characteristics of a place.
Consider for a moment: we cannot see without light. It is light that allows us to see color. It is light that allows us to see texture. Neither color nor texture is visible in dim light.
Sun light provides life. It is necessary for plants to grow. It is necessary for human life and health.
We don’t need full light all the time. Sometimes we need dim light. Sometimes dappled. Sometimes focused.
I’ve illustrated this post with images from three religious buildings. But light is critical in all buildings: houses, offices, shops, hospitals, everywhere.by