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Buildings 2016, 6(4), 53; doi:10.3390/buildings6040053

Side-View Atmospheres under Outdoor Midday High Luminance

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Architecture Technology Department, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya·Barcelona-Tech, Av. Diagonal 649-651, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
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Architecture Department, University of the Basque Country, Plaza Oñati 2, 20018 Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain
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Academic Editor: Yuehong Su
Received: 30 July 2016 / Revised: 17 November 2016 / Accepted: 24 November 2016 / Published: 20 December 2016
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This work deals with daylighting for indoor quality atmospheres, considering building skins and side-views. We also tested the vision perception provided by highly glazed façades. Several Spanish restaurants were analyzed, and two were assessed and measured under outside midday high luminance. The selected pictures can be identified as restaurants via MIT Scene Recognition software and are used to demonstrate working, stressful, and socializing atmospheres. Light and vision detailed analysis was performed defining three workplanes—“table”, “person”, and “outside”—from the viewpoint of the user. The obtained DGP (daylight glare probability) for the first case (facing southeast) shows a higher glare probability than the second (facing north). In both restaurants, there is notable spatial contrast and high information content. If, in the overall perception, the adaptation from the intermediate workplane is considered, the DGP is lower than if only one workplane is considered. The conducted indicative survey shows that there is a high light contrast, and there are some undesirable visual elements. The studied fully glazed façades tend to provide fraught atmospheres. These would be useful for some stimulating activities; however, for calm restaurants that offer tasting menus with quality food, it seems that the studied fully glazed façades may not be suitable. View Full-Text
Keywords: glazed façade; daylight; discomfort glare; hospitality; spatial contrast; visual comfort glazed façade; daylight; discomfort glare; hospitality; spatial contrast; visual comfort
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Uriarte, U.; Hernández, R.J.; Zamora, J.L.; Isalgue, A. Side-View Atmospheres under Outdoor Midday High Luminance. Buildings 2016, 6, 53.

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