ARCH 7250: Diffused Kaleidoscope
The goal of the project was to analyze the success of daylighting strategies in our design development projects. I chose to study the effect of a perforated metal screen on the comfort and usability of the space in relation to how sunlight entered the space. I first ran a set of Ecotect and Radiance analyses without the screen and found that the lighting conditions were unfavorable, because of extreme glare. I next ran the same tests using the metal screen in order to find the ideal properties of the screen. Using the ideal ratio of visible light transmittance, I was able to find a condition where luminance levels nearly reached target minimum light levels, but glare was kept to a minimum. In conclusion, I found that reconfiguring the windows and skylights to allow less direct sunlight, regardless of the screen, would have more easily allowed for daylighting with minimal glare.