lighting critique

Four major light sources are used in the nave and alter locations in the St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Church located at 401 Woodward Avenue, Buffalo, New York. General lighting in the nave is achieved through downlighting sources in the ceiling, and daylighting effects through the stained glass windows. The large stained glass windows permit daylighting to enter the space and provide the majority of general lighting. The different colors of glass filter light differently into the space. The stained glass, originally designed for churches to glow as jewels of light, depends on the time of day and sun location to create a significant impression for the worshippers. General lighting at the chancel in the apse is achieved through a vertical fixture that houses four or five spotlights. Each lamp is directed and focused to spread through the semi-circular space.


architectural student, december 08, 2008
lighting and acoustics