New perspectives for daylight in learning environments

24.09.2015 / Stina Holm Jensen, architect at AART architects, was one of the speakers at the VELUX Daylight Symposium 2015 in London in early September. The symposium attracts over 350 scientists, architects and other experts from all over the world and is held every other year. In her lecture ‘Architectural Atmosphere in Learning Environments’, Stina posed the question: how can daylight change the way we perceive and design schools?
 
This is an issue our internal research department, AART+ focuses on. Referring to the department’s research and development activities, Stina talked about the latest research on daylight in learning environments – research she linked to one of our current projects, Vestmyra Public School in Norway, where we have incorporated daylight in a holistic perspective.
 
Instead of reducing daylight to an isolated, quantitative aspect, we have worked with it as a qualitative parameter in the design of the school. The way daylight creates atmosphere in a room influences the way we perceive that room – and thus students' ability and desire to learn. This is a perception that cannot be measured in Lux or the like, but something we sought to qualify and prove on the basis of new models and methods that bring new perspectives to daylight in learning environments.
 
Watch the lecture ‘Architectural Atmosphere in Learning Environments’