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Renovating to Maximize Light

Who doesn't want a little more light in their lives? In these eight projects we explore the power of illumination, from a modernist skylight in Harlem to concrete-clad funnels that mitigate the harsh sun of Puerto Rico, proving that architects across the globe know myriad ways to harness the sun.

"It's like living with a light show," says Carlos Delpin of his 1940s home in Puerto Rico designed by architect Natanial Fúster, whose work employs the use of skylights, light shafts, oculi, perforated panels, and patios to filter and play with natural daylighting. And with cross breezes welcomed into open rooms, there is no need for air conditioning. Photo by Raimund Koch.

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