6. Light & shadow

Light & shadow



Control of light and shadow are of paramount importance in architecture. Light contributes to the atmosphere of a space, and it affects the way we behave and inhabit a building.

In the activities of chapter 6, students will analyse and comprehend the role and features of light and shadow in architecture.


Using the classroom as a base for the brief spatial analysis, ask students the following questions:

1. How the space is lit (naturally, artificially)?

2. How does the natural light enter the space (directly, reflected)? 

3. What is the difference between the morning and evening sun?


Activity 6a – The light catcher