Last updated: May 16, 2016

Carefully designed daylighting systems can go awry at the end of the design process. For this school, consultants recommended separate shades above the interior lightshelves—but the school instead repurposed vertical blinds from another building; they stay closed almost constantly. Photo: (left) Marcus Sheffer; (right) Todd A. Reed
These lightshelves effectively reflect direct sunlight onto the ceiling, turning glare into diffuse daylight.

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