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6 Spanish Projects That Creatively Use Louvers and Shutters in Their Facades

6 Spanish Projects That Creatively Use Louvers and Shutters in Their Facades
 6 Spanish Projects That Creatively Use Louvers and Shutters in Their Facades, Cortesía de Gradhermetic
Cortesía de Gradhermetic

During warm summer months, buildings must maintain an adequate and comfortable temperature for the users of the space. Blinds or solar screens are an effective solution in projects that have large glazed surfaces, thus reducing the temperatures generated by direct sunlight.

Below, we have selected 6 Spanish projects that creatively use louvers and shutters in their facades. 

Ampliación del Hospital de Sabadell / Estudi PSP Arquitectura. Image © Jordi Canosa i Blajot Escuela Secundaria Honoré de Balzac / NBJ architectes. Image © Photoarchitecture Campus Universitario y Parque Científico-Tecnológico / CANVAS Arquitectos. Image Cortesía de CANVAS Arquitectos Campus Diagonal / Enrique Batlle i Durany y Joan Roig i Durán. Image Cortesía de Gradhermetic + 17

El Colegio casi Invisible / ABLM arquitectos. Image © Imagen Subliminal
El Colegio casi Invisible / ABLM arquitectos. Image © Imagen Subliminal

During the summer, louvers and shutters not only shield from excess heat but also limit the need for interior cooling in the building. In turn, during the winter, they avoid heat loss through their glazed areas, while still receiving a certain percentage of solar energy.

In the case of the Northern Hemisphere, horizontal slat systems -fixed and mobile- are recommended for south facing facades; vertical and horizontal mobile slat systems for façades with southwest and southeast orientation; and vertical slat systems for facades with east and west orientation.

Centro Sociosanitario Putget Dolors Aleu / Pinearq. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Centro Sociosanitario Putget Dolors Aleu / Pinearq. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Parc de Recerca Biomèdica de Barcelona (PRBB) / PINEARQ + Brullet-De Luna Arquitectes

Located in Barcelona, the building for the Biomedical Research Park is located on a site of mixed uses and diverse architectural configurations. Through its elliptical shape and wooden latticework lining, the building stands out yet also integrates with its surroundings.

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Parc de Recerca Biomèdica de Barcelona (PRBB) / PINEARQ + Brullet-De Luna Arquitectes. Image © Ferran Mateo
Parc de Recerca Biomèdica de Barcelona (PRBB) / PINEARQ + Brullet-De Luna Arquitectes. Image © Ferran Mateo
Sistemas de Celosías SERIE CL | Gradhermetic. Image Cortesía de Gradhermetic
Sistemas de Celosías SERIE CL | Gradhermetic. Image Cortesía de Gradhermetic

University Campus and Science-Technology Park / CANVAS Arquitectos

In this case, the educational and scientific buildings are differentiated through different types of exterior cladding for their facades. Using different degrees of openness, its interiors are in permanent relation with the surrounding landscape of Linares, varying according to their levels and orientations.

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Campus Universitario y Parque Científico-Tecnológico / CANVAS Arquitectos. Image Cortesía de CANVAS Arquitectos
Campus Universitario y Parque Científico-Tecnológico / CANVAS Arquitectos. Image Cortesía de CANVAS Arquitectos
Celosías de Aluminio SERIE S | Gradhermetic. Image Cortesía de Gradhermetic
Celosías de Aluminio SERIE S | Gradhermetic. Image Cortesía de Gradhermetic

Hospital de Sabadell Expansion / Estudi PSP Arquitectura

The expansion of the Hospital de Sabadell uses lattices in public spaces and waiting areas of its new buildings. Managed through home automation, its lattices provide views of the nearby park, while controlling the amount of light and solar heat in these enclosures.

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Ampliación del Hospital de Sabadell / Estudi PSP Arquitectura. Image © Jordi Canosa i Blajot
Ampliación del Hospital de Sabadell / Estudi PSP Arquitectura. Image © Jordi Canosa i Blajot
Celosías de Acero SERIE R | Gradhermetic. Image Cortesía de Gradhermetic
Celosías de Acero SERIE R | Gradhermetic. Image Cortesía de Gradhermetic

White Angel Building / Albert Simó Bayona y Eugénia Rodríguez Segarra

This housing building incorporates lattices of vertical slats in its circulations cores. Its individual elements vary in appearance when installed in different heights, tones, and orientations.

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Edificio White Angel / Albert Simó Bayona y Eugénia Rodríguez Segarra. Image Cortesía de Gradhermetic
Edificio White Angel / Albert Simó Bayona y Eugénia Rodríguez Segarra. Image Cortesía de Gradhermetic
Celosías de Aluminio SERIE C | Gradhermetic. Image Cortesía de Gradhermetic
Celosías de Aluminio SERIE C | Gradhermetic. Image Cortesía de Gradhermetic

Diagonal Campus / Enrique Batlle i Durany y Joan Roig i Durán

The facade of this project, also located in Barcelona, is configured around a grid of structural ribs that protrude above their glazed areas. The blinds are placed on the windows horizontally.

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Campus Diagonal / Enrique Batlle i Durany y Joan Roig i Durán. Image Cortesía de Gradhermetic
Campus Diagonal / Enrique Batlle i Durany y Joan Roig i Durán. Image Cortesía de Gradhermetic
Sistemas de Celosías de Aluminio SERIE P | Gradhermetic. Image Cortesía de Gradhermetic
Sistemas de Celosías de Aluminio SERIE P | Gradhermetic. Image Cortesía de Gradhermetic

Mercado Central del Carmen / Joaquín Aramburu Maqua

For the Mercado Central del Carmen, located in Huelva, lattices have been arranged horizontally. The location of its elements make up a multicolored façade, towards the interior and towards the street, allowing a controlled amount of light to pass into the interior.

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Mercado Central del Carmen / Joaquín Aramburu Maqua. Image Cortesía de Gradhermetic
Mercado Central del Carmen / Joaquín Aramburu Maqua. Image Cortesía de Gradhermetic
Celosías de Aluminio SERIE PH | Gradhermetic. Image Cortesía de Gradhermetic
Celosías de Aluminio SERIE PH | Gradhermetic. Image Cortesía de Gradhermetic

Honoré de Balzac High School / NBJ architectes

Finally, we highlight a project that uses its lattices as a filter, qualifying and defining the spaces through different degrees of shade and light. The elements of great height have been arranged in the exterior of the project, configuring a colorful and visually permeable boundary.

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Escuela Secundaria Honoré de Balzac / NBJ architectes. Image © Photoarchitecture
Escuela Secundaria Honoré de Balzac / NBJ architectes. Image © Photoarchitecture
Celosías de Aluminio GRADPANEL E 200 Bz | Gradhermetic. Image Cortesía de Gradhermetic
Celosías de Aluminio GRADPANEL E 200 Bz | Gradhermetic. Image Cortesía de Gradhermetic
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José Tomás Franco
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Cite: Franco, José Tomás. " 6 Spanish Projects That Creatively Use Louvers and Shutters in Their Facades" [Detalles de celosías y su aplicación en 6 edificios en España] 29 Aug 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/900756/6-spanish-projects-that-creatively-use-louvers-and-shutters-in-their-facades/> ISSN 0719-8884
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