The interplay of sunlight and shadow on the built environment has long been understood by architects and designers. They use that knowledge to full advantage, changing structure, modifying walls, or adding windows and atriums for optimum effect, efficiency, and delight. Although shadows seem to be a reflection, they represent the absence of light. An opaque object that sunlight cannot permeate casts a shadow, which changes shape as the sun moves through the day. Here are some favorite examples of shadow play from IA’s portfolio. More…. IA is a global firm of architects, designers, strategists, and specialists. We focus exclusively on environments through the lens of interior architecture-a radical idea in 1984, when IA was founded.
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