"The best workplaces are ones where you have connections to the outside. Daylight really matters to your well-being."

– Stephen Kieran

7.1 Solar Shading Fin (Wood)

Can the solar orientation of a building be harnessed to provide ample natural lighting without glare?

The wood shading fins measure 11 feet in height and were built by using a fabrication technique often used to create fiberglass production molds.

7.2 Solar Shading Fin (Foam)

How does a curved fin affect the performative and aesthetic aspects of vertical and horizontal shading?

The foam solar shading fin was milled out of a single piece of polyurethane using a computerized router at a fabrication lab before being finished at our in-house workshop.

7.3 Solar Shading Assembly

Can a prototyped shade installation replicate both the interior and exterior conditions found on site?

The solar shading assembly drawn here expanded on the scope of previous, smaller mockups in order to create a full-sized model that offered a better comparison between the two types of proposed steel panels.

The full-sized assembly was installed outside of our workshop's glass doors to replicate on-site lighting conditions. The team was then able to assess the effectiveness of each steel panel as a solar shade.

7.4 On-Site Visual Mockup Fragment

Is it possible to see the way a system's components will visually interact before construction?

The complete on-site visual mockup, shown here, allowed the client and design team to evaluate the shading material alongside the proposed curtainwall. Later, the mockup was disassembled and a portion was moved to our studio.