When architects Melissa and Jacob Brillhart set out to design a home for themselves in downtown Miami they drew inspiration from a wide range of sources, including the city's trademark postwar tropical modernism, glass pavilion typology, and the classic dogtrot model. The resulting home features an elaborate red cedar shutter system, which produces a stunning interplay of shimmering light in the front patio.  Photo 3 of 12 in 5 Sustainable Ways To Beat the Heat Without Air Conditioning from Innovative Tropical Homes

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In a Miami residence designed by Melissa and Jacob Brillhart, horizontal louvers on exterior shutters filter daylight while still creating a shaded indoor/outdoor area.

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