Access to natural daylight has long been one of the biggest limiting factors in building design – some solutions involve reflecting real daylight from the outdoors, but until now no solution has been able to mimic natural refraction processes and fool our minds into thinking we are surrounded by actual sunlight.
Developed by CoeLux in Italy, this new form of artificial light is able to dupe humans, cameras and computers alike using a thin coating of nanoparticules to simulate Rayleigh scattering, a natural process that takes place in Earth’s atmosphere causing diffuse sky radiation. Far beyond simply making lights brighter or bluer, this approach accurately replicates how miles of atmosphere transform light within just a few millimeters of surface space. Professor Paolo Di Trapani of Italy’s University of Insubria has so far spent over 10 years working on this system.
Innovative Windows can Add Small Terraces to Attic Rooms
An innovative, large window whose sashes when opened crate a balcony in the loft.
We ran across these innovative window systems designed by Fakro, which can easily add a balcony or a small terrace to a room.
The upper top hung sash opens upwards, whereas the lower sash can be tilted forwards, allowing easy access to the balcony recess. The sash when rotated through 0° to 45° is supported by an innovative auxiliary mechanism which allows leaving the open sash in any position within this range.
We find this project to be a great alternative to the simple attic room windows, adding an original aesthetic touch and literally opening up the space.
If you are looking for larger space, read up on Bloomframe and transform your window into a full size balcony.