TAG: Natural light

This Residence Is A Curved Retreat

This Residence Is A Curved Retreat

From architect Robert Harvey Oshatz, the Wilkinson Residence is a uniquely designed space. The construction was completed over a decade ago, but this refuse-to-be-a-ranch-style home still deserves attention. An original presentation, the home is nestled into a slope which accentuates the outdoor backdrop. A nod to a tree house, the primary living area looks out to a treetop lined skyscape. Made to blend in with the surrounding landscape, the structure was formed with natural woods, copper plated framing and glass. The substantial use of glass all through is used to reflect much of the direct sunlight, adding to the internal… read more

Why Modern Lighting Is Bad For A Good Night’s Sleep

Why Modern Lighting Is Bad For A Good Night’s Sleep

When people decorate a room, things like furniture, textures and paint color tend to stand out. However another element that is significant, but possibly overlooked, is the lighting. Proper lighting is a necessity for functionality, but it also has another important use. A recent article in Psychology Today gives a great overview of depression, sleep habits, and how an unexpected culprit, contemporary artificial lighting, comes into play. As humans, we are pre-dispositioned to be active during the day and at rest during hours where there is a lack of natural light. Though our internal rhythmic clock has not completely abandoned… read more

Sunny Spaces Can Give Energy Levels A Boost

Sunny Spaces Can Give Energy Levels A Boost

When the hours of daylight get shorter as weather turns colder, it can have an effect on emotions and behaviors. Allowing natural light into a room can warm up the space, and according to research it can increase a sense of happiness, too. One study looked into what effect light exposure might have on daytime functioning. Though it may not be too surprising, it was found that those who had received more daytime light experienced more liveliness. Light levels were constantly measured and activities were recorded hourly over the span of a year. Areas like activity patterns were reportedly most… read more

Futuristic Operating Room

Futuristic Operating Room

Interior design is not only for looks. Places where design must go beyond aesthetics but be optimally useful as well are favorable in every space, however in settings like clinics and hospitals, this is a must. Most don’t think of the layout in this type of setting, but designers and contractors know the functionality factor involved in a development of this scale. One project called the Operating room of the Future by Studio Tjeerd Veenhovend, who are known for their ecological insight into their productions, showcased a hospital design that looks much different than ones presently in operation. In collaboration with a… read more

Teenage Girl Invents Body-Heat Flashlight

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15-year old Ann Makosinski of Vancouver, British Columbia recently invented a flashlight powered by body heat as battery companies looked on with fear in their eyes. She’s one of 15 finalists for the Google Science Fair competition’s top prize. Her submission to the competition is a heavily-modified flashlight. It gets its power from the heat generated by the palms of your hands. Makosinski’s been interested in alternative energy since the sixth grade, she says, and is particularly drawn towards the creation of long-lasting power sources. And what greater source of long-lasting power lies around her than the human body? Curious,… read more

Teen Invents Efficient Solar Array

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Math is one of those things we’re all taught at a young age, and told that it’ll come in handy someday. We never believed our teachers, but a 13-year old boy certainly took that information to heart, and used the Fibonacci Sequence to create an efficient solar array. The mathematical integer sequence, named after Leonardo Fibonacci, is a system of numbers that has multiple forms and identities, and is also found in nature. The sequence has many applications, including number generators, parallel computing, number conversion, etc. Aidan Dwyer, a 13-year old 7th grader from New York, went hiking in the… read more

Green Louver Building

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Architects Rothe Lowman White has launched an innovative green building in Melbourne, Australia. The $90 million office tower features louvers which are designed to follow the sun and thus provide the optimal mix of shade on the glass while allowing natural light to enter the building. The building consists of approximately 12,600 square meters (135,000 sq ft) of office space and 1,900 square meters (20,000 sq ft) of retail space over seven levels, and is located in the heart of South Melbourne a 10 minute walk from the CBD. The development has a street level bicycle facility featuring 85 secure… read more