Window view Preference in Buildings: Measure and Performance Evaluation.
Windows are strongly favoured by building occupants for two most important attributes that they provide: daylight and a view out. According to the literature review by Farley & Veitch (Farley, 2001): “of all the benefits and psychological functions provided by windows the provision of a view appears to be most valued by building occupants.” Several studies have conducted research on understanding the impact of a view on human, task performance, attention restoration, restorative effects, glare tolerance, job satisfaction and general wellbeing and so on.
Despite the evidence from the scientific literature strongly suggests that window views can have a significant impact on the perceived comfort of building occupants, and on their health and well-being, little is known as to what are the underlying factors that influence view preference in a given environment. Similarly, no validated methodology yet exists to support a robust analysis and prediction of view quality and preferences. Therefore, the intended aim of this contribution is to propose a research aim, objective and methodological framework that can be replicable by other studies.
From a thorough analysis of the literature, the main research question on which this research is structured upon is the following: what influences view preference in a given environment?In response, the aim of this PhD research is to: identify, test, and measure (some of) the factors that influence, in a significant and relevant way, view preference in a given environment.The identification of environmental characteristics that contribute to view preference can have practical implications in promoting physical, physiological and psychological well-being.