Sun and shadow studies are an essential part of early design to ensure your design is sympathetic to its surroundings.
Sun studies can be created in no time at all:
- Enter your project location, you can do this in the Project settings, or the Sun settings
- Select the Sun tool
- Select from the required to have your sun and shadows update accordingly
Animated sun study
Click the play button on the Sun slider to have the sun and shadows animate from sunrise through to sunset:
You can also use the Sun slider to step through the day in 15min increments using the controls on the right hand side.
You can long-press on the 3d view button to access orthographic views:
When you switch to the Sun tool the project sun is automatically set to be the "real" calculated sun.
If you want to switch back to the default sun just toggle the relevant display setting.
360 degree "fake sun"
If you switch off the real sun as per the above, you can light your building from any angle.
Simply use the slider across the bottom of the 3d window to rotate the run through a full 360 degrees.