The harnessing of natural light, and the management of artificial light, is one of the key attributes of good design because of the vitality it brings to a building and the sense of well-being it imparts daily.

The Principles of Light.

A residence that harnesses the natural circadian cycle in the most sensitive way allows the building to respond to the movement of the sun from rising to setting. Clever orientation should protect from intense summer sun but embrace it in winter, while creating a place to have a morning coffee in sunlight and a cool drink at dusk.

Shadow, and the play of leaves on concrete or stone, creates an intersection between nature and the man made. It animates the building’s surface and becomes a form of decoration in its own right. The value of shadow in a building is significant as it both defines space and gives the eye a place to rest.

The lighting plan for a house interior and exterior cannot be underestimated. Light for ambiance and mood, light to work under, light to add drama to objects and art and highlight a façade, light to lead the way. A seamless combination of lighting types, often from concealed or discrete sources, maximises functionality and beauty.