Heritage Minister Albert Jacob said the former Co-operative Bulk Handling (CBH) building was one of the first in Western Australia to use concrete brise-soleil
(sunshades) to reduce the sun's glare.
The sextet of bays forms a curved spinal edge, inset with long strips of horizontal glazing shaded by aerofoil wing brise-soleil
(in southern latitudes, north-facing elevations get most sun and light).
Consequently, each of the three major architects of the city developed an individual style, following a common layout of regular box structures made of brick and stone, with brise-soleil
and jalis (perforated screens).
This is shaded by an elegant brise-soleil
ceiling that extends outside over the terrace and can be adjusted to admit stripes of light.
In contrast, hardwood is used for window frames, and for the more slender members of, for instance, the brise-soleil
Wooden shutters can be locked down in winter, while in summer they fold up to act as brise-soleil
and allow views out into the woods.
Four elements were identified as key components of the facade: horizontal brise-soleil
, vertical perforated screens, planters and monsoon windows.
Designed in collaboration with engineers RFR, the eye-catching brise-soleil
ingeniously integrates structure and solar control.
The south elevation features horizontal brise-soleil
, while the east and west elevations have deep recessed windows.
Other glass-related performance features include light shelves, Brise-soleil
screens, louvers and window overhangs to minimize summer cooling loads.
The airy, soft-spun shimmer and metallic frizz of these hand-knit confections were grounded by hand-cut leather leggings whose angular brise-soleil
patterns suggest urban security gates.
The south facade is protected by an oversailing roof, while the west side is shaded by a system of large, fixed brise-soleil