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Through a comparison of existing interior spaces, this chapter will introduce a range of daylight design strategies found in global contemporary architecture. Each strategy varies in its approach to sunlight penetration and daylight distribution, yet reinforces a specific spatial experience that is central to the architectural goals of the project. It is through these architectural spaces that we will introduce the role of contrast and temporal diversity as an indicator of visual design performance and discuss the need for new perceptually driven metrics to complement existing task-driven and comfort-based performance metrics. Within the field of architecture, it is essential that we couple daylight performance criteria with design intent and provide metrics that address dynamic perceptual as well as task-related criteria.
KeywordsDaylight performance metrics Task-based illumination Visual comfort for task performance Contrast Luminous diversity
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