Art does not reproduce what we see; it makes us see," wrote the Swiss painter, Paul Klee. The same can be said – with even greater emphasis – of architecture. Great buildings have always rendered things visible that would otherwise pass unnoticed, from the character of a place to the simple beauty of natural phenomena. Daylight, in particular, has a profound influence on our health and well-being. It is both a treat and a treatment that the sun sends us for free every day. Yet we rarely become aware of it until a particular experience makes us reflect on our relation to daylight. The photographs of offices, dwellings and a university building, as well as the handwritten notes, on the following pages, seek to contribute to this reflection. The two photographers, Adam Mørk and Daniel Blaufuks, have captured both their own sensual experience and the behaviour of people inside these buildings. The photographs thus look inwards and outwards at the same time. How, and where, does daylight enter the spaces? How does it influence where people sit, stand and move? How does the intensity and colour of light change over time? How can the warmth of the sun be felt on the walls and furniture, and on one’s own skin? Welcome to a journey to daylight and the everyday miracle that it performs in the buildings we inhabit.
Photography: Adam Mørk and Daniel Blaufuks
Collages and handwritten notes: Daniel Blaufuks
“Light is the basic, indispensable material of architecture. It has the mysterious but real capacity – the magical capacity – of bringing space into tension with man. The capacity of endowing that space with such quality that people are deeply moved by it.