Daylight in Architecture, a Short History

Expression and Atmosphere

Juan M. Medina del Río 

Tadao Ando, ​​Church of Light (Japan)

“I am a Spaniard, and thus a realist (…) The other day I entered a Gothic Cathedral… If I have lost my calm, I blame it on this.” The Ortega y Gassett quote is evidence of a well-known fact: the history of architecture is the history of the search for light. Examples abound of how man, through technique, filter, and form, has pursued, shaped, and used light to create emotion-filled spatial instants. This article recounts some of those moments in a fleeting voyage through the history of architecture...

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