Shadow and the Choreography of Form

Felipe Oropeza Jr. (website)
Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Core Studio I
Faculty: Ingeborg Rocker (website)


The shadow creates a literal but temporal figure ground relationship between object, the ground and other objects/buildings. Using this dynamic the shadow, created by the annual movement of the sun, can create a pattern of thermal dynamic conditions unique to the object and the site. Shadow and the Choreography of Form, begins to inform the shadow-lands by carving the landscape within a field of “wall” towers based on the mapping of “condensed shadow zones”, which occur at various times of the year.

Each of the towers are themselves situated and orientated by the shadow map to maximize sun exposure and minimize inter-tower shadow overlap. The zoning of hot and cool zones within the field condition is inversely informed by this shade condition. The placement of hot program is reserved to the south facing areas of the towers because of the radiative heating of the sun. Zones of cool program may begin to be placed within the walled corridors of the shadow-lands and would vary based on the topography.  

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