Concrete Box Squeezes Light Down in Between Walls
A new condominium house in Brazil, Mirante do Horto House by Architect Flavio Castro accomplishes the impossible. It makes a house that is largely lit from a skylight on the roof not seem claustrophobic.
Even odder, the front of the house, where you drive down underneath to park, and with the bedroom upstairs, seems more like the back.
The actual back opens up to a courtyard. The detailing is industrial; uncompromising, as in these steps.
Most of the light is brought down from a skylight in the center of the house. The bedroom is above the sofa side, it also drinks light from the same skylit source, as does the bathroom, above the kitchen on the right. The giant aquarium brings down light from above too.
Out in the back of the house, outside the kitchen door, a barbecue crouches under the neighbors wall.
The sky lighting supplies the bathroom upstairs.
A little light comes from the back, into the kitchen.
Astonishingly, this small skylight is all that is supplying most of the interior light. From inside, the skylight seems like a large, powerful light source.
Source: Arch Daily