Sunlight is healthy for us to receive each day. It does so much for our disposition and sense of well being which is why it is an important form giver in my design work. Anyone can put windows in a wall to let sunlight in, but I strive to take light to a more artful level by animating, filtering and reflecting light in interesting ways.
This is a wonderful design commission on Lake Minnetonka that interprets the movement of sunlight and moonlight in three different ways. The client expressed a desire to have a home that felt like a Florida Beach house in character as well as to see or have a sensation of the sunlight or moonlight in the major spaces in their home (see the West Elevation Sketch). This remodeling leaves the lower level walk out intact and builds a new main level and roof structure.
The clients’ wishes led us to following the sun around the home in the following ways (see Roof Plan and Section sketches);
- The all white vaulted Kitchen / Dining space acts a canvas for trailings of colored light from the cupola above. With pieces of dichroic treated glass strips in the cupola windows the color of the light shining through the glass strips changes through the course of the day as the sun changes position. This space acts as a colored light sundial through the day.
- The Living / Conversation Room has small skylight openings in the barrel vaulted roof creating beams of daylight or moonlight that move across the floor as the sun moves around the house (see photo of model).
- The southern rooms and roof top office have walls of glass that bathe the spaces in warm sunlight.
The resulting home is one that captures the architectural style and sunlit character that the client wanted while responding to the site’s features and light movement (see photo of model).