Silver lining

Silver lining

Daylight in buildings - Region 4: Asia and Oceania

Yunheng Fan
Hongrun Li
Zhaocheng Li
Zhenying Gao
Mingzhi Guo

Central Academy of Fine Arts


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Handshake buildings are often found in “urban villages” (or communities for low-income people) in southern China, which are the result of illegal construction out of urban planning. As the name implies, shake hands with the building that shows the building spacing is unusual narrow, bring about the kind of housing that daylighting is insufficient seriously. Without enough light, bacteria thrive and the environment is depressed, leaving living conditions in need of improvement.The existence of the “Silver Lining” has improved the problems of insufficient light, poor privacy and low security between the cracks in the handshake building. The installation uses a lens at the top to focus light and project it down to the bottom, allowing the residents of the handshake building to feel the presence of light. A cleaner environment, brighter corners, and a brighter environment can both improve the physical and mental health of the occupants. The insertion of the device also solves the privacy problem caused by the narrow space between buildings, and people no longer have to worry about the embarrassment of looking at each other. It is worth mentioning that the optical fiber light guide tube has another exquisite design in function, and the staggered support of the light guide tube forms a network between buildings. The movable grid also avoids the risk of falling objects from high altitude, and at the same time meets the needs of residents to dry their clothes, thus killing multiple birds with one stone.