AxD Architecture - Philadelphia - Lighting that sparks joy
LIGHTING that sparks joy

Light as Beacon


Nothing says "welcome home" better than light. At the end of a long journey, having one's destination thoughtfully illuminated (in this case a vacation house deep within a forest) creates a thrilling sense of arrival.

LIGHTING that sparks joy

Light at Dusk


The beauty of light is revealed when it is seen as doing more than meeting a need. For this house at the shore, lighting at dusk provides an incomparable allure – showing off the textures of the house and accentuating the color of the sky.

AxD Architecture - Philadelphia - Lighting that sparks joy
AxD Architecture - Philadelphia - Lighting that sparks joy
LIGHTING that sparks joy

Textures with Light


With 3D digital modeling and time/location-specific solar modeling, it is now possible to clearly understand how architectural elements, in this case a stair balustrade, can be used to create a variety of visual effects throughout the course of a day.

LIGHTING that sparks joy

Other Light Sources


Not wanting to have windows facing the nearby house, concealed skylights were introduced for natural light. Facing south, the skylights far exceed what north‐facing windows could deliver ‐‐animating the living room with warm light throughout the day.

AxD Architecture - Philadelphia - Lighting that sparks joy
AxD Architecture - Philadelphia - Lighting that sparks joy
LIGHTING that sparks joy

Borrowed Light


Key to renovating this 4‐story urban townhouse was introducing supplemental natural light wells. A "bay window" vanity in the boy's bathroom looks outwards to an interior wall garden (on left), naturally lit via glass floor of the solarium above (on right).

LIGHTING that sparks joy

Edge Lighting


The challenge of this open dining‐kitchen space was that its only available exterior wall faced an undesirable view. By framing a
wall cabinet with windows on all sides, the kitchen receives abundant natural light, while the direct exterior view is screened.

AxD Architecture - Philadelphia - Lighting that sparks joy

LIGHTING THAT SPARKS JOY

PROJECT:(various)LOCATION:(various)ARCHITECT:Always by Design; Ed Barnhart, AIA