There are many things that your building site can tell us about how to plan your home. One important factor is how the sunlight moves across the landscape. The placement of the rooms on the site can add warmth and delight for those living in the home, so I plan homes with the rooms placed on the site so that they will receive sunlight when we anticipate each different room being occupied. This way the sun follows you around your home.
The next layer to consider when designing with daylight is what do we do with the daylight once it has access to your home. There are many interesting things we can do with light such as making it move, dissipate, refract into colors, reflect, etc. A wonderful example of movement is allowing shadows to move on the glass like the backsplash glass shown in the Kitchen Backsplash photo. The wind moving the leaves outside creates moving light and shadows on the glass.
In this Exercise Room sunlight is borrowed from the adjacent room creating a beautiful glow on the glass and illuminating the space while still preserving the privacy desired (see Exercise Outside and Exercise Room photos).
The medium that daylight is filtered through can create wonderful patterns of light in the interior surfaces of your home (see Light Pattern and Refraction photos).
Stained glass animated by sunlight can create a beautiful ambiance in rooms (see Bathing Space).