Architecture of Shade

Architecture of Shade
Location: Playground
Client / Organiser: Education of Health Authority UK
Status: Design research for competition proposal
SKY YUTAKA Team: Yutaka Yano, Sky Lee

The design research project in response to concerns over growing number of people each year affected by Skin Cancer in UK, the kinetic canopy structure were designed and proposed for children’s playground to promote awareness to danger of the Sun. The kinetic structure, with use of counter balance mechanism, allows the canopy to open and close with minimum amount of energy. Integrated photovoltaic panel powers the motor controlling the counter weight mechanism. The structure actively responds with the solar energy, opening to protect the space below through which the layering of the leaves allows dense shading (protection) or minimal protection.