DAYLIGHT SIMULATIONS: STUDY OF THERME VALS
cornell university | FALL 2015
arch 2103 // first year, environmental analysis i - daylight simulations
professor: timur dogan

 

To fully understand the effects of light scattering data analysis as well as daylight performance of buildings, we performed a series of studies using the existing Therme Vals Bathing Complex (Peter Zumthor) project in Switzerland. The data we collected through various DIVA and Grasshopper trials allowed us to examine the exact light conditions that could be observed throughout the year. By using solar mapping technology and observational data collected from a physical 1:100 model of the main bathing space we could map and analyze the daylight allowance efficiency for the conditions within the bathing space. By fixing the model to a radial tripod instrument, we were able to simulate the position of the sun for the exact day and time of our tests. Using multiple roof interventions we were able to further explore and examine the effects that different solar positions had on the luminance of the building's interior yielded impressive results that are present in the original design.
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LIGHTING INTERVENTIONS
solstice testing - dec./jun.
TOTAL HEAT LOSS GRAPH
solstice testing - dec./jun.
SOLAR RADIATION MAPPING
solstice testing - dec./jun.
SOLAR DISTRIBUTION
solstice testing - dec./jun.