Light Sketches

Max Levy, FAIA, knows how to bring daylight into a room in beautiful and creative ways. “Light Sails,” rods, trellises, and apertures in the ceiling — these sketches demonstrate why he is a master of light.

Top: section through a room. Bottom: reflected ceiling plan. Daylight and nightlight.: sketches by Maxy Levy, FAIA
"Light Sails," manually operated canvas sunscreens inside light monitors.
Rods, painted white, trace natural light falling from the sky to the floor.
Trellises cast increasing cross-hatched shade.
Top: section through a room. Bottom: reflected ceiling plan. Daylight and nightlight.
Ceiling: half painted grey, half painted white. Skylight baffles bound light to white surface.
Self-portrait

Sketches

1 “Light Sails,” manually operated canvas sunscreens inside light monitors. 

2 Rods, painted white, trace natural light falling from the sky to the floor. 

3 Trellises cast increasingly cross-hatched shade. 

4 Top: section through a room. Bottom: reflected ceiling plan. Daylight and nightlight. 

5 Ceiling: half painted grey, half painted white. Skylight baffles bounce light to white surface. 

 

About Max Levy, FAIA

Max Levy, FAIA has enjoyed drawing since about first grade. He believes that our best drawings as architects are those we do for ourselves…….the ones we don’t plan on showing to others. The irony is that if we do show these conceptual sketches to clients, they often turn out to be among our most compelling artifacts. Though his “Light Sketches” are unattached to any current work, he hopes they may someday cast real shadows.

 

Published in Texas Architect, July/August 2013



Talk About It

About 8 months ago: Donna Kacmar

Beautiful sketches by Max that show his thinking mind!

About 8 months ago: Becky Schenker

I love that these show innovative thinking about the oldest and most important issue in architecture. Beautiful.