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Liyang Museum / CROX

close view. Image © Zhi Xia southeast side. Image © Zhi Xia atrium details. Image © Zhi Xia northwest side. Image © Zhi Xia + 39

Changzhou, China
  • Architects: CROX
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 19000.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

Z Office / C+ Architects

Atrium. Image © Zhi Xia
Atrium. Image © Zhi Xia

Atrium. Image © Zhi Xia Atrium. Image © Zhi Xia Atrium. Image © Zhi Xia Conference Room 8F. Image © Zhi Xia + 20

Beijing, China
  • Interiors designers: C+ Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 4200.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

Aranya Art Center / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

© Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute + 41

Beyond the Wind Pavilion / MAT Office

© Kangshuo Tang interaction area and roofs. Image © Kangshuo Tang free space under the roof. Image © Kangshuo Tang roof forms. Image © Zhi Xia + 32

Suzhou, China
  • Architects: MAT Office
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 160.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Jade Museum / Archi-Union Architects

© Zhi Xia
© Zhi Xia
Shanghai, China

© Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia + 26

Kunshan Government Affairs Service Centre / SDTD

Social insurance hall A. Image © Zhi Xia Affairs waiting area. Image © Yi Song Building structure hide. Image © Yi Song Building structure hide. Image © Zhi Xia + 29

Suzhou, China
  • Interiors designers: SDTD
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 102000.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Narcisse Beauty Salon / penda China

Wangfujin Shop. Image © Zhi Xia Wangfujin Shop. Image © Zhi Xia Xiangyun Shop. Image © Zhi Xia Shimaotianjie Shop. Image © Zhi Xia + 37

Beijing, China
  • Interiors designers: penda China
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 300.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

Hangzhou Choven Century City Experimental School / MONOARCHI

stairs up to the second floor. Image © Zhi Xia south entrance double entries. Image © Zhi Xia classroom and bay space. Image © Zhi Xia south entrance hall. Image © Zhi Xia + 61

Hangzhou, China
  • Architects: MONOARCHI
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 64000.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

China Light and Textile City Fashion Show Center / WAU Design

Overlooking_inner and outer rings define event space and daily space. Image © Zhi Xia Outer Ring_"stage" hole. Image © Zhi Xia Slope lounge. Image © Zhi Xia Overhead floor_patio ventilation. Image © Zhi Xia + 28

Shaoxing, China
  • Architects: WAU Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 5260.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

A Spatial Quartet on Future Dwellings / ARCHSTUDIO + DESIGN APARTMENT + SODA Architects + B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio

Hillside Dwelling. Image © Weiqi Jin In Between. Image © Weiqi Jin Harmony Courtyard. Image © Zhi Xia Borderless Space. Image © Weiqi Jin + 68

Beijing, China

Free Balcony An / Drawing Architecture Studio

© Zhi Xia inside tearoom. Image © Zhi Xia dining room to tearoom. Image © Zhi Xia kitchen and dining room. Image © Zhi Xia + 48

Beijing, China

Cultural Space of No. 16 Bangchiao / TanzoSpace Design Office

© Zhi Xia © Yunfeng Shi © Yunfeng Shi © Yunfeng Shi + 28

Dongcheng, China

Baitasi Hutong Gallery / DnA

Hutong view night. Image © Zhi Xia
Hutong view night. Image © Zhi Xia

rooftop night. Image © Zhi Xia rooftop. Image © Zhi Xia courtyard. Image © Zhi Xia courtyard. Image © Zhi Xia + 26

Xicheng, China
  • Architects: DnA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 236.5 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Redstone House / Atelier 100s+1

waterpool courtyard detail. Image © Zhi Xia internal courtyard and external landscape. Image © Zhi Xia "connecting space" formed waterpool. Image © Zhi Xia big hall. Image © Zhi Xia + 23

Baotou, China
  • Architects: Atelier 100s+1
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1875.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016

Sun-Filled Spaces Created By Skylights In 20 Architectural Projects

Perhaps the most renowned 'skylight' ever built is the Pantheon of Rome commissioned by Marco Vipsanius Agrippa during the reign of Emperor Augustus (27 BC-14 AD) and rebuilt by Hadrian (117-118) around 126 AD. At the highest point of its dome (in this case, the oculus) the sunlight shines, casting its beams over the various statues of planetary deities that occupy the niches on the walls. The light that enters the space symbolizes a cosmic, sacred dimension. In projects around the world, natural light continues to fulfill this scenic role, especially in religious projects.

It is characterized as zenithal illumination as that which comes from above, from the sky (zenith). Very useful for large spaces that can not be adequately lit by windows, skylights are a widely used device for providing a pleasant, diffuse light. Generally, care is taken to prevent direct entry of sunlight; the openings must be well designed so that they do not overheat the space of allow water infiltration. Below is a collection of projects that make good use of this technique.

© Mathias Kestel © Hufton + Crow © Christian Richters © Andrew Lee + 44

Experimental Primary School of Suzhou Science and Technology Town / Atelier Z+ , Dplus Studio

main entrance. Image © Zhi Xia library. Image © Hao Chen main entrance. Image © Zhi Xia F2 platform. Image © Zhi Xia + 48