Better lighting?

How do i get a less harsh light and a softer shadow like the reference

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In order to achieve smoother shadows, you need to increase light size. If it’s sun light in your case, try increasing the Angle.

That angle representation from Wikipedia:

If you are using an environment background (HDRI) for lighting, try to find a cloudy version (having very bright and small sun in one spot causes sharp shadows).

It’s a bounce light that makes the light softer. I googled the image and the building was made to give shadow yet lighten up the interior.

https://www.allcadblocks.com/bonelldoriga-carries-out-understated-overhaul-of-walden-7-apartment-2/