Posted by BRUTUS on November 12, 2002 at 21:49:27:
In Reply to: Windows posted by Craming before tomorrow on November 12, 2002 at 18:08:17:
sunlight was always welcomed in cold climate regions,so the need for indirect sunlight or even to alter sun rays was never needed,on the other hand
the situation in some western mediterranean countries and arabian traditional architecture was a little bit different ,because the cold breeze were always welcomed and of course sun light should be modified,the interior of houses should be exposed(indirectly) and the need for the addition of a positive space in the upper floor plus the social element of privacy.... so they came long ago with the invention of a positive element that usually protrude
from the main facade which is usually made of interlocked wood patterns and it has various shapes & names (Mushrabieh in Egypt-lebanon...Shanashil in Iraq ....Rawazeen in Saudi Arabia and so on)
...so as far as I understand your question for "indirect sunlight",I would recommend a 20th century realization of these arabian traditional motifs and its relation with light...Jean Nouvel - a french architect-has designed in the (Institute of the Arab World) in Paris a "diaphragm" walls connected with photo sensitive cells which can control and manipulate sunlight and maintain a constant natural luminance inside the place...an interisting project .....
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