Here are a few images and a quick video of how my screen is developing. I’m designing specifically for a NW facing wall in my studio project that diffuses light in a research library corridor. The demands of this space are simple: 1. Create dynamic light and rhythm in the 10′ wide corridor that parallels the wall and 2. Shield the adjacent bookstacks from the damaging effects of UV rays.
As the quick animation shows late evening sun projects light deep into the space…which is a problem. I wanted to create clearstory windows that would allow afternoon sun into the walkway, but these have the negative effect of then allowing light to hit the bookstacks. This might be mitigated with a light shelf or with louvers integrated into the screen itself, both are possibilities I am exploring.
The research library space is at the top of my building and overlooks a prominent campus square as a part of our team’s larger urban design for a new UO campus in Portland. The abstracted square windows allow views down into this space, similar to the Japanese snow windows we discussed briefly in class this morning. The decision to penetrate fully or carve into the panel is based on my selection of a translucent material for the screen that would allow for variations in the light levels depending on the depth of the carve. This should be more evident in the test mills.