SITE PLANNING AROUND LIGHT
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.
For example the Sunlight Planning Diagram shows how the spaces are laid out so that the morning sun is in the Kitchen while you will be making breakfast, the midday sun warms the Kitchen and Den during lunch and the setting sun enters the spaces used after work like the Living, Dining Room and Gallery areas.
Another example is the planning of a simpler home to achieve the same goal of a sunlit-filled home where the sun follows the homeowners around their wonderfully daylit home (see Main Level Plan drawing). Letting the sun into your home is only part of the equation. How we animate or filter the daylight is very important. Refer to the Filtering Sunlight tab.
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.