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"The chronicle of light in architectural space" Lito Chatziantoniou

Natural light is analyzed as an element that is able to transform space, giving it a particular quality and meaning. Its relation with architectural space is being revealed and also the way with which forms are affected by the changes of light through time. The order, the rhythm and the harmony of the structured environment balance through the alternation of light and shadow. From the earlier to the modern examples of architecture, natural light is one of the basic design factors. It gives to space quality, movement, emphasizes or dissolves forms, focuses, sets in order of precedence, affects senses and feelings. Modern architects such as Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn, Tadao Ando, Steven Holl, use natural light in their work, aiming to give plasticity in forms, meanings and also create emotional impressions. Sculptors create forms in which they try to give movement through the use of light. Respectively in painting, light is the plastic mean which reveals the elements and forms of the painting.

   Thus, natural light is for artists – architects, sculptors, painters – one of the main plastic principles. It is a necessary mean for every artistic creation, giving the free choice of the way with which everyone can use it, serving its own purposes.