This is a guest post from Antonina of OpenBuildings - a community-driven and openly editable encyclopaedia of buildings from around the world. It’s a database of historic, contemporary and conceptual architecture that exists as a website and application for iPhone, and recently - Android, which enable users to find, learn about and share nearby buildings of architectural merit.

To introduce today’s inspirational pick of buildings demonstrating inventive use of natural light I found no better option but to quote one of the outstanding architects who felt compelled – throughout their work – to let the sunshine in and were never afraid to give inspiring shape to the darkness.

“I sense Light as the giver of all presences, and material as spent Light.  What is made by Light casts a shadow, and the shadow belongs to Light.”

Louis I. Kahn

Mario Botta: Santo Volto Church

10+ Inspiring Masters of Light and Darkness

Tadao Ando: Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum

10+ Inspiring Masters of Light and Darkness

SANAA: Zollverein School of Management and Design

10+ Inspiring Masters of Light and Darkness

Toyo Ito & Associates: Za Koenji Public Theatre

10+ Inspiring Masters of Light and Darkness

Louis I. Kahn: Exeter Library

10+ Inspiring Masters of Light and Darkness

Markus Wespi Jérôme de Meuron Architects: Brione House

10+ Inspiring Masters of Light and Darkness

Carlo Scarpa: Museo Canoviano

10+ Inspiring Masters of Light and Darkness

Sami Rintala: Boxhome

10+ Inspiring Masters of Light and Darkness

Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas: San Paolo Parish Complex

10+ Inspiring Masters of Light and Darkness

Zaha Hadid Architects: Phaeno Science Center

10+ Inspiring Masters of Light and Darkness

M Kishi Environment & Architecture: Studio C+ 

10+ Inspiring Masters of Light and Darkness