Construct a series of well crafted elevation drawings investigating the SHAPES OF SHADOWS as they fall upon an exterior façade. What are the primary shapes of these shadows, and how do they help in the interpretation of the façade upon which they are found? Look at sizes and shapes for each shadow, and how they inform the overall reading of the façade. How can shadows be used to provideinsight into the potential ofwayfinding within a given context?


  • shape / form    foreground (light)
  • middle ground (medium)
  • background (dark)
  • void (darkest)


  • flattened and tonal value


  • abstraction of shape (2D) into form (3D)
  • accurate depth interpretation
  • precision and proper proportion of shape
  • alignments


  • inclusion of façade detail beyond shadows

Shadows provide insight into depth of façade when detail might be otherwise absent, and they will change across the course of a day, as the sun moves across the sky and redefines their shapes. Elements that were visible might become obscured, while unseen details may now come to the light. This series investigates how shadows can define shape and space, as well as lead the eye.

Complete no less than four drawings per location. Visit the site more than once at different points throughout the day to get a more complete series.