(2017) Adams, Brittini; Kelly, Brian; Architecture; Digital Repository at the University of Maryland; University of Maryland (College Park, Md.)
The library and natural light have a unique relationship. The quantity and quality of light within a space is an essential component to one's overall experience. When libraries were initially established, they were directly dependent upon daylight to operate. Because of this dependency, the design of libraries relied heavily on providing adequate, but strategically placed openings for daylight to penetrate the space. Contemporary libraries should not abandon the idea of designing with daylight in mind. Furthermore, it can be used as an architectural medium to create a unique sense of place. The experience of the user is enhanced when natural light is used to manipulate the spatial quality of architecture. This thesis will explore how architecture can create a sense of place by using natural light to inform design.