Shade Plus Winners

Light and shade are essential components of architecture. Sunlight can enliven a space, or it can make it unbearably hot and bright. The way architects and designers create shade for buildings, homes and public spaces transforms the way people use them.

The advent of cutting-edge technologies has enabled new building typologies. Just as steel elevators and air conditioning have changed the built environment, fabric’s versatility opens up new opportunities for aesthetically pleasing shade structures that take building design and function to a new level.

For the third year, Sunbrella partnered with Architizer, the largest online community of architects and designers gathered for inspiration and idea exchange, to crowdsource the latest thinking on shade innovation. The Future of Shade competition called on designers and architects to create new conceptual visions in shade design using Sunbrella fabric for three categories: building shade, wellness gardens and humanitarian. Whether you’re a designer, architect or fabricator, we hope the selection of entries presented here provides a source of inspiration for your own shade solutions.

Grand Prize Winners

Helicon

Helicon

Doel Fresse

Designer

Doel Fresse | Design

Location

Puerto Rico

Helicon

Building Shade

The Fold

The Fold

Amber Lafontaine and Sophia Yi

Student

Location

Calgary, Canada

The Fold

Humanitarian

Mosque of the Light in Duba

Mosque of the Light in Duba

Nick Karintzaidis

Architect

Location

United Arab of Emirates

Mosque of the Light in Duba

Wellness Garden

Honorable Mentions

Pixel Cloud

BUILDING SHADE

Pixel Cloud

Ekachai Pattamasattayasonthi

Architect/Designer

Stapanik Design Studio

Location

Washington DC

Noura Souria

HUMANITARIAN

Noura Souria

Sanna Shah

Architect/Interior Designer

Location

Brooklyn, NY

Melody of Shadows

WELLNESS GARDEN

More Innovative Entries

FLEXHOME

HUMANITARIAN

FLEXHOME

Jonathan Balderrama

Artist-Designer-Architect

JONATHAN BALDERRAMA art-design-architecture

Location

Cochabamba, Bolivia

Pinwheeling

WELLNESS GARDEN

Flutter

WELLNESS GARDEN

Flutter

James Reddrick

Architect

Location

Charlotte, North Carolina

TEXTILE ORB

WELLNESS GARDEN

TEXTILE ORB

Brigitta Lenz-Giarlis, Alexander Giarlis

Architect

NEUBAU ARCHITECTURE LTD

Location

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Windwave

WELLNESS GARDEN

The Park of Paraisopolis

HUMANITARIAN

Protecting Eye

HUMANITARIAN

Protecting Eye

Maria Cristina Mantas, Jorge Cruz Pinto, Ljiljana Cavic, Ana Araújo Amaral, Joel Covas

Architect

Jorge Cruz Pinto e Cristina Mantas, Arquitectos, Lda

Location

Estoril, Portugal

Shade Shape

WELLNESS GARDEN

Shade Shape

Vânia Correia

Student

Location

Brussels, Belgium

PARACHUTE HOUSE

HUMANITARIAN

PARACHUTE HOUSE

Chenguang Zheng, Yang Yang

Architect

Location

Los Angeles, California

PAYUNGAN Street Shades

HUMANITARIAN

PAYUNGAN Street Shades

Daryl Van Abaygar

Architect

Location

Makati, Philippines

Glo

HUMANITARIAN

Glo

Robert Donaldson

Architect

Location

United States

Fabric Honeycomb

BUILDING SHADE

Fabric Honeycomb

Paul Cohoon

Student

Royal College of Art

Location

London, United Kingdom

Shade Art

BUILDING SHADE

Shade Art

Jacob Carr

Student

Location

United States

Inside Out

BUILDING SHADE

Inside Out

Daryl Van Abaygar

Architect

Location

Makati, Philippines

Textile Opening

BUILDING SHADE

Textile Opening

Maria Paulina Carvallo

Architect

Location

Geneva, Switzerland

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