This is one of a series of prototypes for sunshades, called Veneziana in Brazil. Typical Veneziana are wooden doors or shutters with small openings to allow breezes while blocking the sun.
These prototypes are experimental kinetic sunshades with rotating panels in two different planes. The shadows form unique geometries as the position of each panel changes.
This is a massing model for "Casa Cubo." Interlocking tabs minimize the amount of glue required for assembly.
A thick frame was added to the original cube. Each side of the cube has four operating "drawers" which pull out.
"Open" drawers increase square footage of the interior, with lower level "drawers" providing for terraces on top or top level "drawers" providing overhangs for openings beneath.
The final configuration of drawers responds to terrain, sunlight, and allocation of internal space.
Shown here are my favorite models from several studios at Columbia University.