THE ARCHITECTURAL DETAIL
BRI SE SOLEI L
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 ( batay-csorba.com) 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 (officekgdvs.com) 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 (wpluk.com).