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A Wild Reinterpretation of Old-School Window Blinds

If Venetian blinds could twist and turn based on the time of day.  

Tyler Short/Vimeo

Believing static building facade shading options to be insufficient, architecture student Tyler Short has come up with "Penumbra," a concept for a kinetic shading system that would reconfigure based on the position of the sun.

As seen above, the system involves a series of vertical shading louvers that would independently pivot into a horizontal light shelf when the high afternoon sun strikes. With so many moving parts, Penumbra would no doubt be a pain to maintain in real life. But the concept nevertheless makes for a stunning visualization. Short created this 3D animation to show off his idea.

(h/t The Verge

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