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Sun Screens International
March 17, 2008, 11:01 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Rural Architecture, Urban Architecture

Sun Screens International Title

This weeks post focuses on sun screen systems in the United States and Europe. While it is becoming increasing popular to embed screening materials and devices within the skin systems themselves, the sun screens we are presenting here are independent; they are separate component layers to the structure.

Haus Schwarz in München, Germany by ILG Architekten, 1999
Operable, perforated, sheet metal shutters

House Schwarz in Germany

House Schwarz in Germany

RDCEC Moorfields Eye Hospital in London by Penoyre Prasad, 2007
The sun screen has a highly artistic and sculptural purpose as well

RDCEC Moorfields Eye Hospital

RDCEC Moorfields Eye Hospital

Beyeler Foundation Museum in Basel, Switzerland by Renzo Piano, 1997
Filtering and controlling the quality of light

Beyeler Foundation Museum in Basel Switzerland

Beyeler Foundation Museum in Basel Switzerland

Beyeler Foundation Museum in Basel Switzerland

Menil Museum in Houston, Texas, USA by Renzo Piano, 1986
The cross section of the sun screen fin becomes structural, allowing each fin to span further

Menil Museum in Houston Texas

Menil Museum in Houston Texas

Menil Museum in Houston Texas

New York Times Building, USA by Renzo Piano, 2004

New York Times Building

New York Times Building

Phoenix Central Library in Arizona, USA by Will Bruder + Partners, 1995

Phoenix Central Library

Phoenix Central Library

de Young Museum in San Francisco, USA by Herzog + de Meuron, 2005
Perforated copper panels act as rain-screen and sun-screen

de Young Museum in San Francisco

de Young Museum in San Francisco

de Young Museum in San Francisco

Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, France by Dominique Perault, 1995
Interior, dynamic wood louvers

Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris

Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris

Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris

Metal shutter house in Manhattan, NY, USA by Shigeru Ban, Unbuilt
Garage door mechanics combined with screening material

Metal Shutter House, conceptual

Metal Shutter House, conceptual

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if mentioning special sunscreens is the aim I think L’Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris should be in the top 10 if not top 3 list

on the website it says:
La façade sud reprend les thèmes historiques de la géométrie arabe dans la conception des 240 moucharabiehs qui la composent. Ces diaphragmes s’ouvrent et se ferment à chaque changement d’heure.

google gives this translation:
The South side is the subject of the historic Arabic geometry in the design of 240 moucharabies which it is composed. These diaphragms open and close each time change.

HERE a closeup op one of the panels

Comment by voids

Ah, jeez – we totally forgot about the Arabe Institute. Couldn’t agree more, top 3. No wonder Nouvel isn’t returning any of our calls.

Comment by buildllc

some others that i really like…
hartwig schneider – haus lude hopf: http://www.dibaio.com/home.htm

h&dem – dominus winery

sean godsell – weekend house

agps – hohenbuehlstrasse apts: http://www.bakus.ch/content_images/1181109976_Hohenbuehl_komp.jpg

mahler gunster fuchs – hochschule fuer techik + wirtschaft, aalen: http://www.architekturblog.net/2007/11/06/hochschule-fuer-technik-und-wirtschaft-in-aalen-mgf-architekten/

Comment by mike

Nice links Mike – the gabions that h&dem used for the dominus winery as light screens didn’t even cross my mind. Brilliant! That hochschule is one gorgeous project.
-Andrew

Comment by buildllc

The Arabe Institute is beyond freaky cool and beautiful. But aren’t many of those panels broken now? (correct me if I’m wrong) Dunno if it’s a design problem or a maintenance problem. Still awesome though!

Comment by spark

I enjoy your picture that shows perforated metal as sun screen application.

I would like to add that the perforation pattern for sun screen is not only limited to uniform straight or staggered ( which is 30, 60 and 45 degree ) pattern.

Any architect, perforated metal manufacturer or perforated metal designer can now create a unique perforation pattern by Image2Punch software.

Unlike common perforated sheet metal which usually has uniform pattern, Image2Punch allows you to create a custom perforated pattern based on your own image document. The perforated metal sheet based on the custom perforated Image2Punch pattern can also be applied diversely to;

* architectural products
* agricultural equipment
* cabinet making products
* sanitation equipment
* pollution control devices
* lighting

please have a look to our website http://www.image2punch.com to see how to create a new market opportunity in sheetmetal perforation project

regards,

Comment by Fransiscus Herry

Fransiscus – wow, great product that has huge potential in the architectural industry. Thanks for getting this on our radar.

Comment by buildllc




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