May 21, 2010

Reading lamps

When I posted a photo of the west facade of the Rizal Library in the Ateneo de Manila University with its sparse windows, someone commented that she doesn't like buildings without windows. In fact, it is only the east and west sides that have few windows so that the interiors do not get the full strength of the sun's heat. If you've ever stayed in equatorial countries during their summers, you can understand why this architectural design principle makes a lot of sense. However, the north and south sides of the library are almost nothing but windows, providing lots of natural light in the reading rooms during the day. Of course, they still have to use fluorescent lamps at night.

Rizal Library in the early evening

14 comments:

ρομπερτ said...

How very impressive and hope providing to see students reading even after dark. Please have a wonderful Friday.

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Halcyon said...

I may have been the one who doesn't like buildings with windows. :)

I really like the looks of this place though. The light inside looks really warm too, not too flourescent-y.

the donG said...

nice perspective from there and i really miss doing night shot.

Don and Krise said...

Well duh! I guess it makes perfect sense now doesn't it!?!

CafebyJW said...

Good to see students are working hard during night too!


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Unseen Rajasthan said...

Very beautiful and impressive !!Great

Cezar and Léia said...

I love city night lights!
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brattcat said...

What an inviting shot this is. Nice angles, welcoming light.

arabesque said...

hi hilds, ^0^
glad you could steal the comp.
for a few mts.
yup, in here, when it's hot, it's "really" Hot! ^0^
i hope Toronto has got a cool weather.
very nice angle! it looks nice at night.

Kaori said...

Sounds like a great plan! Very eco friendly and the windows look wonderful all lit up at night :D

Miguel Martinez said...

Ligths in the night are weautiful.

Unodostres said...

Yeah i agree. light photography is nice.
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Jacob said...

Looks like a few people have been "burning the midnight oil" in Manila!

Adelheid said...

I like this photo, the light is fantastic!