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

The 2017 Future of Shade competition is now accepting entries. Enter in one of three categories by May 14, 2017 for your chance to win $10,000.

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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 fourth 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

Quasicrystals for Design

Quasicrystals for Design

Alberto Adolfo Fernandez Gonzalez, Carlos Benjamin Fernandez Gonzalez

Architect

AF_A

Location

Santiago, Chile

Quasicrystals for Design

Building Shade

PULL

PULL

Jonathan Balderrama

Artist/Designer/Architect

Location

Cochabamba, Bolivia

PULL

Humanitarian

Draping Scenery

Draping Scenery

Hyunjeong Kim

Student

Location

Berlin, Germany

Draping Scenery

Wellness Garden

More Innovative Entries

Sunbrella Pebble

BUILDING SHADE

Sunbrella Pebble

Bob Bulcaen

Interior Architect/Designer

witblad

Location

Belgium

Hanging Parasol Garden

BUILDING SHADE

Bring in the Wave

BUILDING SHADE

Bring in the Wave

Selina Chiou, Xiao Lin

Architect

SXArchitects

Location

New York, NY

Ciel

BUILDING SHADE

Shade of Blossom

BUILDING SHADE

Shade of Blossom

Jan Blatoň, Ondřej Slowik

Designer

Blaton.com + TVARY

Location

Czech Republic

Cardo Plana

HUMANITARIAN

Unwind

HUMANITARIAN

The Healing Path

HUMANITARIAN

The Cube

HUMANITARIAN

The Cube

Shirin Shobeiri, Zeynab Bagherian, Sara Gharavi

Student - Master of Science, Architectural Sciences and Technology

University of Tehran

Location

Tehran, Iran

REVOLVE

HUMANITARIAN

REVOLVE

Zhong Cai

Achitect Student

Location

Montreal, Canada

Alegria

WELLNESS GARDEN

Nautilus Garden

WELLNESS GARDEN

Nautilus Garden

Andrej Litvinov

Architect

Litvinov Architects

Location

Miami, FL

Sunbrella Shadescape

WELLNESS GARDEN

Sunbrella Shadescape

Andrzej Gwizdala

Architect

Location

Santa Cruz, Tenerife, Spain

Gravitational

WELLNESS GARDEN

X-pandable

WELLNESS GARDEN

Rediscovery of Nature

WELLNESS GARDEN

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