|Cologne Cathedral. The twin 511-foot|
spires are visible at left.
|Inside the tower, a seemingly|
endless climb up a stone staircase
finally takes you from darkness...
These impressions of Cologne Cathedral relate one of the most ethereal yet powerful attributes of great architecture: light. The Gothic cathedral, with its superb interplay of light, dark, pattern,
and color, probably represents the ultimate use of light in architecture. But the same basic principles can add interest to residential design as well. Because light effects don’t rely on scale for impact, they can be applied to any building, however humble.
|...to light. Looking upward into the soaring spire|
of Gothic stone tracery.
|The drama of dark and light|
needn't be limited to
If your windows have muntins dividing the glass, a less expensive alternative to beveled or stained glass is to use colored glass in certain panes — for example, across the top row. In either case, for the most dramatic effects, choose windows that receive bright sun.