Future of Shade

An annual competition held by Sunbrella® and Architizer, the Future of Shade challenges architects and designers to explore the integral role of fabric in shade and building design.

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2017 Future of Shade Competition

Explore five years of design ideas from the Future of Shade competition and browse work from past winners and entrants.

Shade Plus Winners

Light and shade are essential components of architecture. Sunlight can enliven a space, or it can make it unbearably hot and bright. The way architects and designers create shade for buildings, homes and public spaces transforms the way people use them.

The advent of cutting-edge technologies has enabled new building typologies. Just as steel elevators and air conditioning have changed the built environment, fabric’s versatility opens up new opportunities for aesthetically pleasing shade structures that take building design and function to a new level.

For the fifth year, Sunbrella partnered with Architizer, the largest online community of architects and designers gathered for inspiration and idea exchange, to crowdsource the latest thinking on shade innovation. The Future of Shade competition called on designers and architects to create new conceptual visions in shade design using Sunbrella fabric for three categories: building shade, wellness gardens and humanitarian. Whether you’re a designer, architect or fabricator, we hope the selection of entries presented here provides a source of inspiration for your own shade solutions.

Grand Prize Winners

Responsive Shading System

Responsive Shading System

Arman Hadilou

Location

United States

Responsive Shading System

Building Shade

Resilient Communities

Resilient Communities

Felipe Guerrero Castillo

Location

Colombia

Resilient Communities

Humanitarian

Reuse | Revive | Repopulate

Reuse | Revive | Repopulate

Rafael Duailibe dos Santos

Location

Brazil

Reuse | Revive | Repopulate

Well-Being

More Innovative Entries

Pleaz

HUMANITARIAN

Slingshade

HUMANITARIAN

Kite

HUMANITARIAN

The Botanist

WELL-BEING

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