Drawing the Shade

This discipline seeks to research the use of shade as a public program generator. The shade, in areas of strong heat, not only provides shelter, but also enables multiple occupations. It functions as a transition element between public and private spaces and also as a generic space, waiting for a specific use.

I possess no specialized knowledge of architecture, but I understand that in the Gothic cathedral of the West, the roof is thrust up and up so as to place its pinnacle as high in the heavens as possible—and that herein is thought to lie its special beauty. In the temples of Japan, on the other hand, a roof of heavy tiles is first laid out, and in the deep, spacious shadows creates by the eaves the rest of the structure is built.

Tanizaki, Junichiro – In Praise of Shadows, Leete’s Island Books, 1977

Traditionally, shaded spaces are used as transition zones between the inside and the outside, like the varandas in Brazil or in Japan. These spaces create an expanded boundary and a more fluid connection between programs.

This studio intends to study these spaces as a central element of the work and discuss its use in a broader context, without neglecting the ephemerality of the shade and its spatial qualities.