It is my belief that it is possible to create interior spaces that rely on few tangible element to succeed; moreover, a design that will allow light to make a statement of its own and utilize the architecture as a tool that follows the lighting concept. For this purpose it is essential to at least use three main characteristics of light when designing an architectural space: rhythm, contrast and aura. For my final thesis project, I would like to further explore the ability of light to establish a narrative of the space, create non-physical spatial partitions and communicate other contexts that make the program of the “room,” such as time and function. This application of light can be meaningful to generate distinguished spaces without the application of tangible materials, such as in the differentiation of a public space from a private one. As a result, my proposed studio project has a hybrid program where public (an art gallery) and private (a residence) spaces coexist. The particularities of the site selected for this project, located at 10th Avenue between 18th and 19th streets, will have a great influence on the final design and influence both the daylighting and electric lighting design concepts.
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