Facade Systems - Brise Soleil & Solar Shading

Brise Soleil (known also as sun shades) in architecture refers to a variety of permanent sun-shading techniques, ranging from the simple patterned concrete walls popularised by Le Corbusier to the elaborate wing-like mechanism devised by Santiago Calatrava for the Milwaukee Art Museum.

In its typical form, a horizontal projection extends from sun-facing façades of a building.  Brise Soleil systems contribute to the aesthetic appearance of a building and perform important energy-saving functions.  Louvres can be positioned at various angles to the glazing, to allow the low-angle winter sun to provide passive solar heating or alternatively, to prevent the high summer sun falling on the façades.  Brise Soleil are ideal for building façades with a large glass content as they prevent such buildings from overheating during the summer, thereby reducing the need for air conditioning.

GLF offers a wide range of Brise Soleil Systems including horizontal, vertical, curved or angular shading devices.  These are manufactured in a variety of materials such as polyester powder coated aluminium in various profiles, western red cedar, toughened laminated glass and also terracotta clay tiles.

All our Brise Soleil designs are bespoke to meet with architectural design and are fully engineered to meet all the environmental loads acting upon the blades such as wind drag, etc.

At GLF we are also equipped with the latest computer technology enabling our Team to advise on optimum sun angles to deal with shading and solar gain.