Clarke Square Community Center Project – Daylighting Analysis on Community Library


Graphic Name: Clarke Square Community Center Project – Daylighting Analysis on Community Library

Submitted by: Kolton Vought

Firm Name: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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What tools did you use to create the graphic?

  • Adobe Illustrator

  • DIVA

What kind of graphic is this? Heat Map

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What are we looking at?

This graphic represents a daylighting simulation for a library within a community center project of my own design, which is meant to be located in the Clarke Square neighborhood in southern Milwaukee Wisconsin. The first row of axonometric drawings is showing the different types of glazing systems that I used in simulations of the space to see which gave me the best results in terms of reaching the desirable amount of illumination withing the space without using additional artificial lighting. The ideal illumination I was aiming for was somewhere around 500 lux. Each simulation under its corresponding drawing represents a rough idea of how the space would be illuminated with the different exterior glazing strategies.

How did you make the graphic?

I used a building that I had made in Rhino to run simulations in the DIVA program for daylight. I then took the simulation data and graphics and arranged them in Illustrator to create the rest of the graphic.

What specific investigation questions led to the production of this graphic?

What led to the production of the graphic was seeing a space that I had designed, perform in terms of daylighting. It is one thing to do an analysis of an already existing building, but to critical look at you own design decisions is also an important thing to practice as a architectural designer.

How does this graphic fit into the larger design investigations and what did you learn from producing the graphic?

From producing this graphic I learned that how a glazing system is treated in terms of transparency and opacity can greatly impact the amount of light that enters the space. I also learned that the desirable illumination for a library and/or study space is around 500 lux. From the simulations that I ran the fully transparent glazing system seemed to be thee strategy that provided the most daylight into the space to get close to 500 lux. On average the space recorded about 300 lux, so the desirable illumination was not meet, even with the most effective strategy.

What was successful and/or unique about the graphic in how it communicates information?

The graphic conveys a simple research compilation in a visually simple way of how the design as it stands interacts with daylight in its specific context.

What would you have done differently with the graphic if you had more time/fee?

In order to get the desirable amount of illumination of 500 lux a couple additional strategies could be implemented. One being the addition of artificial lighting, which would be needed in the night hours anyway. Another would be to continue testing the different variations of glazing to get a more desirable illumination. The most effective strategy would most likely be the implementation of a sky lighting system over the library. If given more time for investigation that would be a the design option I would look at the most.

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