Gallery: Shigeru Ban’s Elegant, Efficient Metal Shutter Houses

The application of outdoor shutters at this scale greatly outperforms even the most advanced glass in terms of energy efficiency. Shutters are a surprising solution -- perhaps for their obvious usefulness -- but also because of the rarity of external active shading over the last century. Commonly used as a way to control heat gain and glare before the advent of air conditioning and increasingly advanced glazing, the incorporation of shutters in design had virtually disappeared.

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