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February 5, 2014
Marrying function, design and efficiency, these six skylights offer an alternative to daytime energy use.

London’s aptly named Lighthouse by Sheppard Robson architects consolidates lighting, illuminating two spaces through the use of a well-placed skylight. Although small hanging lamps supplement the room’s light scheme, the skylight is the main source of light.

Originally appeared in London Cooling
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Australia kitchen

The kitchen skylight in this Melbourne, Australia renovation is structured around habit. Offering natural light that will last through the family meals. The kitchen’s exposed lightbulbs serve as design elements providing small shocks of color for the occasional late-night soiree. Photo by Stephen Oxenbury.

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“We edited down until the house just became a pure white box,” Rogers says. “By the end of it all, we rethought everything except the internal walls.” The bright, skylit master bedroom is accented with <a href=" http://www.richardwoodsstudio.com/">Richard

The master bedroom in this light-loving London house features a skylight opposite a wall of mirrors. The mirrors duplicate the natural light and fill the room. Full midday light enters unconstrained, dimming naturally as night settles in. Photo by John Short.

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Originally appeared in A Family Goes Somewhere Over the Rainbow
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In the living room, a double-height window and a skylight work together to frame a view of the Victorian Gothic church just across the street.

In this Portland, OR house, light enters at all levels. Recessed into the building’s superstructure, this room’s skylight infuses the home with ambiance, providing an unobstructed view of the neighboring church. Subtle, low-wattage accent lights by the television and beside the skylight accommodate late-night trips to the home cinema. Photo by John Clark.

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Originally appeared in WestEnders
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casa delpin living room

By encasing them in thick, concrete cylinders, architect Nataniel Fúster puts a spotlight on skylights in this San Juan home. Focusing natural light upon the living spaces below, these skylights are also this living room’s point of architectural interest. Photo by Raimund Koch.

Originally appeared in 8 Sophisticated Rooms Around the World
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Il Bagno Alessi sink and toilet in master bathroom

Functioning in a quiet, organic way, the triangular skylights in this Australian bungalow amplify the room’s other design elements including the exposed brick, marble walls and floor, and the sculptural white bathroom fixtures. Photo by James Knowler.

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Originally appeared in This Luminous Australian Renovation Packs a Lot Into a 23-Foot-Wide Lot
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the lighthouse interior double height ceiling

London’s aptly named Lighthouse by Sheppard Robson architects consolidates lighting, illuminating two spaces through the use of a well-placed skylight. Although small hanging lamps supplement the room’s light scheme, the skylight is the main source of light.

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