Daylight and Architecture – the experience of light, our body clocks and designing for well-being

GB-Mock-up-skaerm-5A considerable body of research indicates that people prefer daylit spaces to those lacking in daylight. Over the last century and a half, however, an abundance of artificial light and the restructuring of working times have lessened our access to it.

While, in many respects, we may feel liberated from the diurnal cycles of light and dark that nature imparts on us, recent research shows that this separation from nature comes at a cost, causing health and social problems. Good building design, therefore, should facilitate our reconnection to the rhythms of nature.

To truly enhance human well-being with our designs, we must move beyond optimising single parameters, such as temperature and humidity to more holistic approaches that take their cues in health-supporting human behaviours, and pay mind to the five steps to well-being, recently established by scientists.

Download our e-book and learn all about the effects of daylight in our built-up society and the essential rules of thumb you should be following, in order to nudge building users into a healthier way of living, grounded in the five ways to well-being.

 

Banner photo by Gerry Johansson