Sun&Shade

Dubai / UAE / 2017

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The Sun&Shade canopy is based on an array of mirrors that track the sun. Much like a sunflower, each mirror can move on a double axis and reflect the sun’s rays away from the ground – allowing the precise control of the desired level of shading and natural cooling underneath. Reflected rays, in turn, are concentrated on a photovoltaic receiver, located a safe distance away, that generates electric power.


Sun&Shade is part of Carlo Ratti Associati’s ongoing research into using digital technologies for climate adaptation. At a time when climate change is becoming increasingly pressing, Carlo Ratti Associati aims to explore how architecture can help its prevention and adaptation.


Sun&Shade
A project by Carlo Ratti Associati (team: Carlo Ratti, Antonio Atripaldi, Pietro Leoni, Emma Greer, Nicola Scaramuzza) in collaboration with Dubai’s Museum of the Future.


With the consultancy of international climate engineering firm Transsolar and digital design studio Atmos 
Mechanical and Electronic Engineer: FGM Works
Software Engingeering: Tonicminds srl

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    The Sun&Shade canopy is based on an array of mirrors that track the sun. Much like a sunflower, each mirror can move on a double axis and reflect the sun’s rays away from the ground – allowing the precise control of the desired level of shading and natural cooling underneath. Reflected rays, in turn, are concentrated on a photovoltaic receiver, located a safe distance away, that generates electric power. Sun&Shade is part of Carlo Ratti Associati’s...

    Project details
    • Year 2017
    • Work finished in 2017
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Product design