There is a wall in the middle of the studio to paint large canvases. The perfect situation for painting is in pleasant daylight. Unfortunately, the large wall is in a dark corner.
With the Solatube daylight system it is fairly easy to create extra daylight. That is why the owner chose to place two Solatubes above the canvas. In this way the canvas is evenly provided with natural daylight, whereby the entire colour spectrum is displayed. The Solatube is well insulated and therefore does not emit heat, which is ideal for painting.
I am very satisfied with the result. When painting you have a good view of the canvas and the application of the colours. Besides, there are no annoying shadows from the brush or those in front of the canvas.
When it was decided to refurbish Arup’s Edinburgh office Patrick wanted high quality of light, to make it as energy efficient as possible and to reduce energy costs. He aimed to produce the most sustainable office that had been built up to that point.
Much of this was achieved by installing 84 Solatube Daylighting Systems so that the entire general office is lit by daylight with electrical lighting only used for about 10% of the day. Arup has reduced power usage for lighting in their office as much as possible; current consumption is about 3 watts per m² in the summertime and around 6 watts per m² in the winter resulting in an enormous power saving overall. Besides, many visitors to Arup’s office comment on the high quality of light.
The Solatubes give us the blend of energy-saving and quality of light we need and our office has won several major awards for sustainability. It’s a no brainer. Why would you not want something that improves the quality of light, saves you money and is good for the environment?
The client and the architect wanted natural light, not just artificial light. A courtyard garden was provided, but it remained too dark. Ordinary domes in the roof or windows were not allowed. It is a bank branch, the regulations imposed by the bank do not allow this. The bank's architect accepted Solatubes fitted with burglar-resistant security bars.
8 Solatubes were provided, four large Ø 53 cm and four small Ø 35 cm, the 4 large Solatubes were installed above workplaces in the office. Eight "drums" were made to provide the right openings in the right places when the concrete vault was cast. The Solatube domes were installed together with the insulation and the roof covering. Even then we saw that something beautiful was being made. The owner, architects and "workmen" looked with amazement at the abundance of light that had already entered the areas. The owner opted for the TechLED in the domes. A sensor switches on the lamps automatically when it gets dark, this way a constant light intensity remains in the office. The new office was opened on December 1, 2016. Everyone who works or stays there is extremely satisfied with the 'light comfort' that the Solatube systems provide.