In yesterday’s post, I explained the basics of building orientation and the appropriate types of shade for the east, west and south sides of a building. Today I’m going to show you some examples of how shading is used brilliantly in some of Central Phoenix’s mid-century modern buildings.
This mid-century modern beauty on Osborn and 4th Avenue uses these curved precast concrete panels to create shade for the windows on the south side. Not only does the shade work well, as you can see in the photo below, it’s also fundamentally integrated with the design of the building making it beautiful. Kathleen Bartolomei affectionately calls these panels “eyelashes”.
“Eyelash” building, southeast perspective
This building, on Osborn and 5th Avenue, has precast frames around the windows on all four sides of the structure. This deep precast frame shades the windows from the east, west and south sun exposure. And once again, it works as a beautiful design element as well as shade.
Another common mid-century modern strategy was to use balconies for shade. This double-use of a building element is genius eliminating the need to add extra shading devices.
The Pierre, using balconies for shade
My favorite mid-century modern passive solar design strategy is the precast or masonry screen in front of a glass facade. This not only adds character to the building with interesting shapes and shadows, it allows daylight in without the heat of the direct sun.
Usually this sun screen is set away from the building creating an interstitial space where planters or vines are added.Tags: balconies as shade, kathleen bartolomei, mid-century modern passive solar design, phoenix, precast panels as shade, shading devices, the pierre