The Balancing Between Natural and Artificial Light in Dwellings

Syifa Aisha Arashi | Thursday, 24 November 2022

The balance between natural and artificial lighting in residences will provide several advantages for space. One of the advantages is that it can contribute to climate change mitigation by saving energy. In addition to the environmental context, a balance between adequately planned natural and artificial lighting can beautify the house's interior.

Natural light flooding concrete blonde through skylights and large glass doorsNatural light flooding concrete blonde through skylights and large glass doors

Carter Williamson considered it essential to adjust the light balance until he applied it when designing the Concrete Blonde house in Sydney. Williamson pays attention to the smallest possible detail in this not-so-spacious dwelling so that each side of the space gets balanced natural and artificial light.

Concrete Blonde displays soft, warm, and natural light on every side of its spaceConcrete Blonde displays soft, warm, and natural light on every side of its space

By Williamson, the Concrete Blonde is described as a hidden jewelry box, which hints at part of the restoration of the rear volume of the house connected to the façade and filled with natural light thanks to its mature location and design. The architect emphasizes that when the 'jewelry box' is slowly opened, it will highlight the surrounding objects that the Concrete Blonde can more or less inspire as light enters the room. The wooden lining that dominates the space will shine warmly.

Concrete Blonde from backyardConcrete Blonde from the backyard

Natural light can enter freely through the large glass sliding doors separating the interior and garden, the large glass windows in each space, and the curved skylights that carve out the emptiness of the roof. Curved skylights above the lounge allow natural light to penetrate from the top floor to the ground floor.

Living room with curved skylights on itLiving room with curved skylights on it

Uniquely, these large vents will create their aesthetics as sunlight highlights the objects it passes through to form beautiful shadows on the reflecting surface. This shadow will create a cheerful, calming, and pleasant atmosphere in the space.

Aesthetics are present when sunlight highlights objects and casts beautiful shadows on the reflecting surfaceAesthetics are present when sunlight highlights objects and casts beautiful shadows on the reflecting surface

The balance of natural and artificial light can look when the sun is about to set (in the afternoon). When it gets dark, the residents start to turn on the lights, and then the Concrete Blonde will be flooded with artificial light, making the space more intimate. To create comfortable artificial light for residents, Carter Williamson arranged the lamp layout, size, and color so that the interior gets good light quality.

Artificial light is present through a round chandelier with gold-colored aluminum that reflects luxury

In the end, the architect decided to install several round chandeliers with gold-colored aluminum that reflected the luxury of jewelry in the interior of a minimalist residence. The existence of large glass vents and lights in the interior of Concrete Blonde has balanced natural and artificial light in the dwelling over time. Carter Williamson created a comfortable yet minimalist residence through Concrete Blonde.

A round chandelier with gold-colored aluminum is also presented in the bathroomA round chandelier with gold-colored aluminum is also presented in the bathroom

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