Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 394

Full Length Research Paper

House-form and day-lighting: A spatial evaluation of residents’ satisfaction in Ogbomoso, Nigeria

  Atolagbe A. M. O.      
Department of Architecture, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 07 March 2012
  •  Published: 30 June 2013



This study examines the adequacy of natural lighting in the different house forms across the residential zones of Ogbomoso, based on the satisfaction rating of residents. Households from sampled houses across the residential zones of the city were interviewed on their level of satisfaction with natural lighting in their apartments. Comparisons were made between the satisfaction levels in the indigenous, high residential zone (with small windows), and the medium and low, residential density zones of the city (with larger windows), respectively. The result shows that the Brazilian, face-me-I-face-you houses in the medium density zone of the city have better natural lighting than both the compound houses and nuclear family apartments in the high and low residential density zones of the city, respectively.


Key words: Natural lighting, house-form, Nigeria, low income, residential zones.