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Archtober28: Light

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.

The chapels at La Tourett by Le Corbusier. Here, light, color, texture are all working together.


A church by Aldo van Eyck, in the Hague, the Netherlands. Notice how he placed the electrical lights in the same place as the daylight source so the lighting is similar during the day and the evening.
Shadows cast by the bells at the Catholic Cathedral in Los Angeles.

I’ve illustrated this post with images from three religious buildings. But light is critical in all buildings: houses, offices, shops, hospitals, everywhere.

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