Light courts and atria in commercial and industrial buildings are frequently being designed with the intention of offering distant rest points for the worker’s eye. More and more buildings are knitted in the little green spaces of an already compactly built city. How confined may a still effectively daylit atrium be planned? Designers decide on an atrium or patio in a very early phase of the design process. This paper will propose a design tool (PAR) leaving ample freedom for building and urban design. The Patio Aspect Ratio (PAR) is a minimum ratio of the horizontal ‘open sky area’ to the square of the building height surrounding the courtyard.
|Title of host publication||21st PLEA international conference Passive and low energy architecture, Eindhoven, September 19-21, 2004 : vol. 2|
|Editors||M.H. Wit, de|
|Place of Publication||Eindhoven|
|Publisher||Technische Universiteit Eindhoven|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|
|Event||conference; 21st PLEA international conference Passive and low energy architecture; 2004-09-19; 2004-09-22 - Eindhoven|
Duration: 19 Sep 2004 → 22 Sep 2004
|Conference||conference; 21st PLEA international conference Passive and low energy architecture; 2004-09-19; 2004-09-22|
|Abbreviated title||PLEA 21|
|Period||19/09/04 → 22/09/04|
|Other||21st PLEA international conference Passive and low energy architecture|
Rutten, A. J. F. (2004). A preliminary-design aid for daylight access to atrium or courtyard. In M. H. Wit, de (Ed.), 21st PLEA international conference Passive and low energy architecture, Eindhoven, September 19-21, 2004 : vol. 2 (Vol. 2, pp. 1155-1157). Technische Universiteit Eindhoven.