A preliminary-design aid for daylight access to atrium or courtyard

A.J.F. Rutten

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication21st PLEA international conference Passive and low energy architecture, Eindhoven, September 19-21, 2004 : vol. 2
EditorsM.H. Wit, de
Place of PublicationEindhoven
PublisherTechnische Universiteit Eindhoven
Pages1155-1157
Volume2
ISBN (Print)90-386-1636-8
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Eventconference; 21st PLEA international conference Passive and low energy architecture; 2004-09-19; 2004-09-22 - Eindhoven
Duration: 19 Sep 200422 Sep 2004

Conference

Conferenceconference; 21st PLEA international conference Passive and low energy architecture; 2004-09-19; 2004-09-22
Abbreviated titlePLEA 21
CityEindhoven
Period19/09/0422/09/04
Other21st PLEA international conference Passive and low energy architecture

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    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.