Visualising view, daylight, and energy: A window design workflow for architects in early design

Visualising view, daylight, and energy: A window design workflow for architects in early design

By Wenting Li (MDes ’19); advised by Holly Samuelson

Daylighting and view are often the two most appreciated functions of a window, but existing window design workflows fail to take view into consideration during the early design stages. This research aims to develop a workflow to help architects include view in the window design process. The designer can use the view analysis results, combined with other design criteria such as daylighting and energy, to make more informed design decisions. First, this research creates a framework and software tool, called View+, to visualize, evaluate, and quantify via a user-defined View Sore, real views from existing or prospective building designs. Then this research proposes a window design framework for Rhino, Grasshopper, Honeybee, and View+ to simulate daylighting and energy along with view. The application of this workflow is finally tested in one case study in Cambridge, MA. Overall, this workflow provides two innovative outputs: first, a method to visualize and evaluate views; and second, a window design workflow to help architects visualize view, daylight, and energy consumption simultaneously.