Brise soleil—architectural devices that shade structures from sunlight—offer sculptural flourishes and passively cool buildings. We examine five examples from the Dwell archive.
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
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
Honolulu IBM Building
Vladimir Ossipoff’s iconic IBM Building, with its graphic concrete sunshade cladding, is sited in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
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