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If you step into the Pantheon in Rome, you’ll notice that a sense of grandeur prevails. All eyes focus upward, to a single opening that floods the volume with light.

Within the upper region of any dome — whether it’s in the Pantheon or it’s the natural dome of sky we experience outdoors — there’s an imaginary point directly above the observer, called the zenith. If you happen to be inside an enclosed space and add an opening at this point, chances are that you’ll be flooded with natural light.

Whether you use an oculus, like at the Pantheon, or just a skylight or high window, an overhead light is a great way to add drama to a space or to highlight an architectural element… Read full article

Posted by Justin Dinwiddie