Planning and the Natural Environment

It's funny the things we take for granted. The seasons, the azimuth of the sun, the nature of light, all aspects of the natural world we so often overlook or just expect to fall into place. But what if we could do more? What if we could work with nature to create a building that is more than shelter from the elements?

We came across this interesting illustration the other day. It serves as a reminder to be aware of the site and it's conditions, something all great architects should do. 

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Have you ever considered how the changing seasons affect light and the way it interacts with your home? The top two illustrations show how a deciduous tree can offer shade in the summer and warmth in the summer by blocking or allowing light to pass through it and into the home via a window. The lower illustrations describe alternate methods for getting results that are similar using parts of the building. There is so much to think about when considering design, light, and the natural order of design. 

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