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The brise soleil ( lit­er­ally mean­ing ‘sun breaker’ in French) is an ar­chi­tec­tural de­vice de­signed to al­low the low, cool light of sun­rise and sun­set to stream into a home, while fil­ter­ing the sun’s hot­ter af­ter­noon rays. Tra­di­tion­ally, it has a hatched or striped struc­ture, but the de­sign has evolved in re­cent years. These cut­tingedge ex­am­ples show why the brise soleil is so de­sir­able in 2017.

The façade of these Toronto houses ( be­low) by Cana­dian stu­dio Batay-csorba Ar­chi­tects ( fea­tures a brise soleil that is an in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Ro­man­tic painter John Con­sta­ble’s Cloud Study from 1822. Crafted from soft­wood, its aim is to cre­ate mov­ing shad­ows on the in­te­rior’s walls. Bel­gian ar­chi­tec­ture firm Of­fice Ker­sten Geers David Van Sev­eren (of­ has taken a dif­fer­ent ap­proach with its Solo house near Barcelona (above), which fea­tures a per­fo­rated alu­minium brise soleil that slides on run­ners, mean­ing the light can be moved on de­mand.

Crav­ing your own dap­pled shade? WPL can co-de­sign and man­u­fac­ture a be­spoke brise soleil in your cho­sen ma­te­ri­als, from tim­ber to laser-cut, gold-look alu­minium (

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