Walkerville Canopy

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Beyond the traditional verandah

The brief amounted to something of a commission, with the clients wish to have an open shade structure that would be familiar in a home adorned with artwork; a sculptural intervention as much as a backyard pergola.

The intent thus was to deliver a performative structure, something that produces shade in the hot seasons without inhibiting sun in the cooler months. Sited between the rear of the existing house and a well-established garden, the frame is orientated toward true north, which results in an effective method for shading, and a dynamic play of angles against the orientation of the house. Suspended perforated aluminium panels produce beautiful dappled light, and clever, seasonally conscious shading. Angled at 60 degrees, they permit sunlight into the house during winter, but provide needed cover in summer.

The sculpturesque structure is a median between house and garden; supporting conversation or contemplation, and framing ephemerality. Although static in nature, it fosters and participates in a relationship with the sun and the seasons, much like the sundial it cohabitates with.

Project Location

Walkerville, Adelaide, SA

Photographer

Daniel Schumann

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