5 Modern Sun Screens

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July 9, 2013
Brise soleil—architectural devices that shade structures from sunlight—offer sculptural flourishes and passively cool buildings. We examine five examples from the Dwell archive.
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  A Summer-Ready Pavilion in South CarolinaStephen Yablon Architect added on a striking modern pavilion to a traditional beach house in Sullivan's Island, South Carolina. It's clad in louvers fabricated from sustainably-harvested ipe wood, which resists moisture in humid climates. Photo by: Michael Moran  Courtesy of: Michael Moran
    A Summer-Ready Pavilion in South Carolina

    Stephen Yablon Architect added on a striking modern pavilion to a traditional beach house in Sullivan's Island, South Carolina. It's clad in louvers fabricated from sustainably-harvested ipe wood, which resists moisture in humid climates. Photo by: Michael Moran

    Courtesy of: Michael Moran

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  A Modern House in JapanSlotted between the street-side enclosure and the living area of this house in Japan is a breezy second-floor terrace. Brise soleil slats shade the interior. Residdent Motoshi Yatabe’s steel fabrication company created the robust, trusslike armature that extends from the house to support the deck and facade. Photo by: Dean Kaufman  Photo by: Dean Kaufman
    A Modern House in Japan

    Slotted between the street-side enclosure and the living area of this house in Japan is a breezy second-floor terrace. Brise soleil slats shade the interior. Residdent Motoshi Yatabe’s steel fabrication company created the robust, trusslike armature that extends from the house to support the deck and facade. Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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  The Big ScreenA slatted exterior screen of Cumaru wood shields the metal facade of a house in Kansas City, Missouri.  Courtesy of: Dan Rockhill
    The Big Screen

    A slatted exterior screen of Cumaru wood shields the metal facade of a house in Kansas City, Missouri.

    Courtesy of: Dan Rockhill

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  Honolulu IBM BuildingVladimir Ossipoff’s iconic IBM Building, with its graphic concrete sunshade cladding, is sited in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    Honolulu IBM Building

    Vladimir Ossipoff’s iconic IBM Building, with its graphic concrete sunshade cladding, is sited in Honolulu, Hawaii.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  Passive ProgressiveStunning bamboo covers this house in Bessancourt, France, on all four sides, its lattice making up a striking set of adjustable screens that allow the residents to modify the facade to suit the weather. Photo by: Nicholas Calcott  Photo by: Nicholas CalcottCourtesy of: © 2012 Nicholas Calcott
    Passive Progressive

    Stunning bamboo covers this house in Bessancourt, France, on all four sides, its lattice making up a striking set of adjustable screens that allow the residents to modify the facade to suit the weather. Photo by: Nicholas Calcott

    Photo by: Nicholas Calcott

    Courtesy of: © 2012 Nicholas Calcott

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