wooden brise soleils

Few architectural elements transform space as efficiently as brise-soleils. Designed as permanent devices that help mitigate solar heat gain, these sun-shading screens are most readily found in hot climate regions. Responding to solar orientation and building form, architects use brise-soleils to rethink the building envelope and interior conditions. Usually shaped as horizontal or vertical fins, they can be made from numerous materials, including concrete, wood and metal. Today, brise-soleils are often used to shade large glass façades or expansive glazing.