Living in Light

Daylight as an integral architectural element <rt-red>By Sidhartha Talwar

The last two years have seen a massive increase in the utilisation of our homes as multi-functional spaces. Work, play, study—we have learnt to accustom ourselves to performing a range of activities within the confines of our homes.

Several studies have shown that natural light can significantly enhance productivity and focus while also improving mental health. It is thereby essential to ensure that our living spaces should warrant access to sufficient natural light, contributing to a sense of overall well-being.

At Studio Lotus, our values and work are predicated on the principles of 'Conscious Design', an approach that encourages minimising consumption and empowering all stakeholders. They further include flexible and modular construction methods, frequent use of reclaimed materials and architectural elements, the creation of seamless indoor-outdoor connections, and the optimization of daylight. Addressing the functional requirements for any project in the best possible manner underpins our practice; aesthetic beauty then becomes a natural consequence of our attempt to design sensitively and sustainably. As a practice we have always propagated the use of abundant natural light and ventilation in all our projects to ensure an optimal living environment for residents.

For the Stacked Courtyard House, located in a compact plot in a dense Delhi neighbourhood, we took on the challenge of creating an airy, daylit sanctuary that would remain naturally illuminated. The four-storey home is designed as two staggered duplexes around a central court and a small rear courtyard staggered in section, enabling light to penetrate deep into the lower floors.

At the Earth and Glass House, a weekend retreat located in the suburbs of New Delhi, we scooped out a winter court to bring in the outdoors and let in the South sun. The pavilion-like living area features panoramic glazing that ensures the interiors remain daylit throughout.

It is vital that; as designers, we take more responsibility for developing ideal living conditions that can contribute towards a healthier lifestyle. While the necessity and function of artificial lighting cannot be understated, the benefits of naturally illuminating a space remain unparalleled

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