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Putting architecture in the shade

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The SHADE student Design Award, organised by the DTI, is a competition to find imaginative uses for architectural solar shading.

This year's winner is Henry Kong, recently graduated from the Architectural Association, with a scheme for London's Cannon Street station. His proposal uses louvres in a ventilated cavity and the atrium roof to provide 'fractal shading'. It addresses issues such as the reflections from the river and separate shading requirements between different parts of the building, and allows for the closed shades to double as an advertising hoarding.

Runners-up were Eftychia Eliopoulou and Nikki Hilton, both of the Welsh School of Architecture.

The award was sponsored by the British Blind and Shutter Association together with the BRE, Buro Happold, CRC, RIBA, Pilkington and Sustainable Energy Action.

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