Reflections on Daylight

Design teams capture the unique qualities of sunlight employing innovative solutions that fulfill sustainability goals and create extraordinary effects.
Architectural Record
By Elizabeth Farrelly, Josephine Minutillo

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe daylighting strategies deployed at One Central Park and the Fondation Vincent van Gogh and discuss how they enhance user experience.
  2. Describe the components of the heliostat at One Central Park and explain the role of each.
  3. Explain how daylighting was introduced into the galleries of the Fondation without compromising conservation standards.
  4. Describe the electric illumination scheme devised for the Fondation and explain why LEDs were chosen as a light source.


SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course is approved as a core course
This test is no longer available for credit

This course is part of the Daylighting Academy

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Two design teams capture the unique qualities of sunlight—one for a development in Sydney (shown here), the other for a museum in Arles, France—employing innovative solutions that not only fulfill sustainability goals but also create extraordinary effects.

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Photo © Murray Fredericks; One Central Park, Sydney, Ateliers Jean Nouvel

 One Central Park

One Central Park
Ateliers Jean Nouvel
With a dramatic cantilever and carefully coordinated sets of mirrors, a design team brings sunlight into a new development in Sydney.

Photo © Murray Fredericks

Fondation Vincent van Gogh

Fondation Vincent van Gogh
Fluor Architecture
Fluor Architecture's renovation of a 15th century building for the Fondation Vincent van Gogh d'Arles exploits the city's brilliant sunlight.

Photo © Fluor Architecture


Originally published in Architectural Record
Originally published in February 2015