Systemized Light

Architecture Studio II

Under Senior Instructor Bill Holicky


    “Space and light and order.  Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.” - Charles-Edouard Jeanneret ‘Le Corbusier’


 Systemized Light is meant to, as Corbusier suggests, provide natural light by means of geometries and order.  Rotating louvers are spaced evenly and enclosed at their perimeters by a dual panel glazing system.  In order to maximize the intake of natural daylight, the rails are positioned at the center of each louver rather than at their edge, where they would begin to enclose the openings and block daylight.


 Utilizing the site’s specific geographic location, solar diagrams were used to calculate precise solar azimuth angles for any time of the year.  When open, the angle of each lever is set to exactly 26 degrees, the azimuth angle of the sun on the winter solstice.  This allows less light to penetrate the space during summer months and more during winter months when heat is needed.