Modelling daylight for preserving identity : simulation of daylight levels for successful intervention in historic buildings
Almaiyah, Sura, Elkadi, Hisham and Aygen, Zeynep 2013, Modelling daylight for preserving identity : simulation of daylight levels for successful intervention in historic buildings, in PLEA 2013 : Proceedings of the 29th Sustainable Architecture for a Renewable Future Conference, [The Conference], [Munich, Germany], pp. 1-6.
Historical listed buildings have their own unique cultural identity, which is one of the criteria used by decision mechanisms for their statutory protection. The identity of many of these buildings is often related to their tangible features/components, such as period characteristics (geometry, size, colour, form, and shape), materials and construction. Daylight is one of the in/tangible elements that have contributed to the distinctiveness of many historical buildings, yet when constructing preservation schemes of historical buildings, daylight is rarely introduced or considered as one of the components that shape the character of buildings. One of the reasons is the limited number of credible simulation studies that identify such interrelationships. As many of these buildings were originally designed to accommodate different activities to today's requirements, maintaining the quality of daylight that originally contributed to their visual identity can be a very challenging task, especially if the building is to be adapted to accommodate a different activity. In this paper we will discuss the conflict between maintaining the original visual identity of historical buildings and meeting the visual requirements of restored buildings. The paper discusses the visual performance of a traditional bathhouse (Hammam) in the city of Bursa in Turkey. The change in the visual performance of the selected case study will be discussed in terms of daylight conditions. The paper explores the possibility of maintaining the original daylight conditions of renovated historical buildings while meeting the visual requirements of the new use.
Field of Research
120104 Architectural Science and Technology (incl Acoustics, Lighting, Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design)
Socio Economic Objective
879805 Management of Water Consumption by Construction Activities
HERDC Research category
E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
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