Architecture of Shade is solar responsive kinetic canopy designed for children’s playground as part of design competition organised by the UK Education and Health Authority. In response to concerns over growing number of people each year affected by Skin Cancer in UK, 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 to promote awareness to potential danger of the Sun.

The kinetic structure consisting set of multiple parts each using counter weights, allows the canopy to open and close with minimum amount of energy. Powered by photovoltaic panels integrated to the canopy leaves, together with solar and wind sensors control the counter weight mechanism to open to protect the space below, or in case of strong wind, keep the canopy leaves folded to protect itself from the adverse weather.

Type: Architecture
Location: London, UK
Scope: Concept, Feasibility, Prototyping of Kinetic Canopy
Project Team: Yutaka Yano, Sarah Lee