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project spotlight: skybox
Skylights come in all shapes and sizes. Their location in a room can influence the quality of the space, shaping one's experience of the light that connects inside to the open sky. The difference between a skylight in the center of the room versus one alongside a wall is dramatic. In a recent ESTATA project, a grouping of skylights and fixed pane windows were framed together above a staircase and wall. The structure we call 'SKYBOX' has its own angular roof line and asymmetric angles. The sunlight entering the space now grazes the wall. The effect is both dramatic and makes a grand architectural statement when you walk into the room which is now an airy, open loft. The room looks 25% bigger the SKYBOX.
Thinking of adding Skylights to your home?
The two most important things to consider are the size of the room and the room’s function. For example, living spaces used for everyday activities such as reading benefit from extra daylight. Other rooms, such as hallways, benefit from skylights, but do not require the same size or number as you won't be performing light sensitive tasks.
Our general rule of thumb says that window space should make up a minimum of 10% of your room’s total floor area. This can be achieved by increasing the size of your skylights or by installing additional skylights. Adding multiple skylights also adds to a room by becoming a central feature.