A roof light, also known as a skylight or sunroof, is a window that is installed in the roof of a building. Roof lights are used to bring natural light into a building and to provide a connection to the outdoors. They are typically made of glass or a transparent material, and are designed to be weather-resistant and energy-efficient.

There are several different types of roof lights, including fixed roof lights, which do not open, and operable roof lights, which can be opened to allow ventilation. Operable roof lights can be opened manually or with a motorized system, depending on the specific design of the window.

In addition to their practical benefits, roof lights can also contribute to the aesthetic appeal of a building, providing a visual connection to the outdoors and enhancing the overall appearance of the space. As such, they are often used as a design feature in modern and contemporary buildings.

BolaƱos house
the stone wall

The interior of the living room has a black natural stone wall illuminated by a skylight. The dining table separates the foyer from the lounge area and is surrounded by stackable chairs designed by Vener Panton.

Dulwich house
the cross section

The cross-section of the building reveals the relationship between the original Victorian house and the new extension towards the garden, with a series of skylights facing west.

lighting study

Lighting studies are scientific analyses of the illumination requirements of space, to guarantee comfort and energy-efficiency conditions.

Dulwich house
the lounge area

The ground floor extension to the rear garden provides ample living space, which also receives abundant natural light through large windows and skylights.

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the facade detailed view

The block containing the artists’ studios consists of units with double-height spaces that can be used as workshops. The faƧade and roof are pierced by large windows of different sizes.

wavescape pavilion
the interior view

The interior of the pavilion has a large central column supporting the fungiform roof. Around the circular hall, there is a raised walkway that connects the different pavilions and allows a view of the sea through the faƧade.

Dulwich house
the bench

The rough texture of the old brick party wall of the house becomes a distinctive element enhanced by the zenithal light from the skylight. Along this wall, there is a wooden seat, it’s an informal piece of furniture that serves as a sofa, bookshelf and tv bench.

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the concept diagram

This conceptual diagram is an exploded axonometric view showing the flats, the showroom and the roof of the old boiler.

Xu Beihong foundation
the atrium

The central atrium of the building is a space illuminated by a large skylight. The plasticity of its concrete walls reminds us of a natural cave dominated by the stairs leading to the upper level.

Dulwich house
the floor plan layouts

The floor plans show the spaces for daytime use on the first floor and those for nighttime use on the upper floor. The extension of the house provides a large living room and an additional bedroom.

Dulwich house
the dinning room view

The skylight in the living room forms a strategic visual axis with the dining room, from which the rear garden of the house can be seen. Diffused light floods the space, decorated with Nordic style furniture.

BolaƱos house
the living room

The heart of the house is the living room, lit by large windows and a skylight. The dark walls contrast with the ceiling and the white leather Barcelona armchairs designed by Mies van Der Rohe. The texture of the natural stone wall is highlighted by the zenithal light from the skylight.

BolaƱos house
the rooflight detail

The elongated skylight that opens up the roof along the stone wall emphasises the texture of the slate masonry. The back wall is painted dark grey to create a contrast with the white ceiling.

BolaƱos house
the dining room

The dining room is a transition space to the living room in this open-plan flat. The space is illuminated by the skylight in the ceiling and the large windows facing the garden. The interior design combines neutral colours to create an elegant atmosphere where the texture of the stone wall stands out.

Dulwich house
the back yard

The brick facade of the original house contrasts with the appearance of the new extension, which looks like a steel and glass box. The thickness of the roof and walls gradually decreases until it ends in a tapered steel profile that offers a light and sophisticated look.

Dulwich house
the skylights

The skylight is a delicate composition made of stainless steel profiles, tempered glass and plasterboard that serves to conceal the beams of the new slab structure. The flared shape of the openings allows more light to enter and enhances the dynamic appearance of the ceiling.