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This narrow 18th century house in the South West of Holland had been in decay since the 70’s when it lost its historical exterior and had lain empty for several years. Essentially reduced to just a shell by the time the owner purchased it in 2015, the property, like similar houses in the area, presented a number of challenges to overcome before it could become a modern and workable home – long dark corridors, poor privacy caused by the ground floor windows facing the street, and critically a lamentable lack of daylight throughout the house.
It is the sightline at the heart of the property that is pivotal to the harmonious interaction of the various rooms of the house, and most importantly for bringing light into them. A Flushglaze Fixed skylight and VisionVent hinged skylight were both supplied by Glazing Vision and precision engineered to bespoke sizes for House 20×3; these were strategically placed above the sightline. As reported in the NARM Technical Document NTD 12 2015, an effective and optimised layout of skylights is essential to allowing light into the home but also to determine the type and amount of light that actually enters the home – this could be direct, diffused or reflected light. Bringing daylight into buildings is connected to a number of benefits for humans: vision, orientation, productivity, alertness and ultimately health.
Providing daylight solely through conventional windows in this narrow and deep property at Zierikzee would have had serious limitations, with some areas remaining in shadow as the daylight intensity varies dramatically. De Graag, in specifying these Glazing Vision skylights, with their lack of visible internal framework and the glazing pointing directly at the light source, ensured that light falling into the core of the house was maximised and the modern aesthetics of the property were not compromised.
If you would like to discuss design considerations for an upcoming project, call Glazing Vision on 833-759-3667
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