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    IV. Of Light and Shadow - Fundamentals of Architecture for beginners (Juhani Pallasmaa and Steven Holl on Enmeshed Experience)

    Farzam Kharvari
    Mar 20, '17 2:47 AM EST

    IV.    Of Light and Shadow

    Metaphysics and spirituality of architecture is driven by light and shadow. They are shaped by solids and voids with special features of opacity, transparency and translucency.

    Sometimes material of an art work is the light itself as it’s been seen in James Turrell's Projects [For instance in Mendora Stoppage].

    Some of amazing James Turrell's Projects in California and Texas:

    Skyspace in California:

    Description: Skyspace at Rice University

    Description: Skyspace at Rice University

    Description: Skyspace at Pomona College, California

    Description: Artwork by James Turrel 

    In some cases the sun rays form a totality, for instance when it enlightens a tree, sun rays pass through voids of a tree but not all leaves are clear but the tree itself is! [silhouette of trees] [It means even if you are not able to discern each individual leaf but you can recognize that the object is a tree.]

    Description: Totality of a Tree

    Other important things to consider while designing are: the sun angle known as “altitude angle” and double shading which occurs when bunch of trees are in a row and their shadows overlap,

    Description: Altitude Angle



    -Farzam Kharvari

    Please feel free to ask your questions in comments below or contact me through my profile and as always your suggestions are always welcomed ;)


    References: Questions of Perception

    The photos belong to, creators.vice,, James Turrell's Website, Walldevil,

    © 2017 Farzam KharvariALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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