Marrying function, design and efficiency, these six skylights offer an alternative to daytime energy use.
London’s aptly named Lighthouse by Sheppard Robson architects consolidates lighting, illuminating two spaces through the use of a well-placed skylight. Although small hanging lamps supplement the room’s light scheme, the skylight is the main source of light.
The kitchen skylight in this Melbourne, Australia renovation is structured around habit. Offering natural light that will last through the family meals. The kitchen’s exposed lightbulbs serve as design elements providing small shocks of color for the occasional late-night soiree. Photo by Stephen Oxenbury.
The master bedroom in this light-loving London house features a skylight opposite a wall of mirrors. The mirrors duplicate the natural light and fill the room. Full midday light enters unconstrained, dimming naturally as night settles in. Photo by John Short.
In this Portland, OR house, light enters at all levels. Recessed into the building’s superstructure, this room’s skylight infuses the home with ambiance, providing an unobstructed view of the neighboring church. Subtle, low-wattage accent lights by the television and beside the skylight accommodate late-night trips to the home cinema. Photo by John Clark.
By encasing them in thick, concrete cylinders, architect Nataniel Fúster puts a spotlight on skylights in this San Juan home. Focusing natural light upon the living spaces below, these skylights are also this living room’s point of architectural interest. Photo by Raimund Koch.
Functioning in a quiet, organic way, the triangular skylights in this Australian bungalow amplify the room’s other design elements including the exposed brick, marble walls and floor, and the sculptural white bathroom fixtures. Photo by James Knowler.