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Blog 2 – A Visit to St Albert’s Catholic Chaplaincy

For our second class of the semester, we visited a Site not far from campus, which was a Chaplaincy known as St Albert’s. I had never realised this space existed even though I had passed it many times. The point of this visit was to calculate the daylight factor in the space(something I have never done before). It was also so that we could sketch out an interpretation of the space by using dark paper and chalk.

The Daylight Factor Equation = EI(Indoor daylight Illuminance)/EO(Outdoor daylight illuminance x100%

I had never calculated lighting metrics before so I found this interesting.


For the second part of the class, we sketched our view of light within the space in the chapel by taking photos ad video we were able to see how the light evolves and changes the space depending on where you are located within. Different textures, materials and spaces make for a uniquely lit space that wasn’t like anything I had seen before.

The white chalk parts of these drawings represent light in the space. It was cool to discover how the light reflecting on different surfaces and creating shadows can really change the whole atmosphere of the space. The way natural light can be manipulated in a space with no artificial light is interesting to see.

Overall I found this site visit really useful and eye-opening. In my mind, I always had it that a chapel has to be big and grand to display some of these magnificent light features, but even a small space can do just that.

Some extra photos of the site that I really enjoyed are attached below.

Extra Insert: Not only did I pay attention to the natural light but the artificial light was impressive as well. At one point during our visit, the lights that run between the wooden slats on the left of the site were changed and I managed to get it on video which was a great capture of the atmosphere shifts.

Lighting video

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