Tyler Short’s design is nothing short of astounding. The kinetic exterior window blinds solve a dual problem for the building. They block both afternoon’s blistering sun and the low evening sun blasting through the windows. The blinds rotate open and closed like normal blinds for the evening sun, using an incredible system of gears. The real magic comes in the afternoon, when the overhead sun is glaring on the building. The gearing system rotates and then lifts the shades creating an awning over the windows. The action of the shades snapping into position flows from lower left to upper right, making for a magical show as the shades become windows covers.
The system can be both hand operated or controlled using computerized drive system.