Port Willunga Shaderunner
Brought to you by Ben Mountford Architects and Shadeform Sails.
Photographer Phil Handforth.
Set in the lovely coastal town of Port Willunga, this stunning new home is the ultimate combination of functional, sustainable design and contemporary style. The result is a practical shade solution that will provide years of enjoyment for the home owners and their guests.
Current environmental design strategies employ a combination of passive solar control strategies to reduce the impact on mechanical air conditioning and heating systems. Passive design involves the combined approach of reducing unwanted solar gains during summer, whist maximising solar gains through winter. In its simplest terms, this means that shading of glazed areas during summer, whilst allowing sunlight exposure through winter. By using retractable shade systems this scenario is easily accomplished.
With the combination of vertical sliding timber screens and two Shaderunner® Retractables Sail Systems overhead, the entertaining deck of this stunning home is transformed into a usable outdoor space, even on the hottest days. As well as providing thermal comfort to the outdoor spaces, this combined approach protects the windows from the sun when at lower angles, minimising unwanted solar gains and reducing loading on air conditioning systems. During the cooler months, the timber screens can be opened and the Shaderunners folded back to maximise light and solar gains, reducing the need for mechanical heating.
Shadeform Operations Manager Steve Constable worked alongside the Architect Ben Mountford from the early design stages to ensure the Shaderunner® Retractable Sail Systems were neatly incorporated into the final building design. By following the process through to construction, Steve ensured that the final design was both functional and stylish, with the creation of a series of custom brackets to enable maximum shading without compromising the operation of the sliding timber screens.
The Shaderunner® Retractables Sail System is ideally suited for a range of applications around the home, from outdoor entertaining spaces, patios to swimming pool and courtyards. With a wide range of fabrics and colour options available, the Shaderunner® complements all architectural styles, from contemporary suburban homes to traditional country residences. The unique qualities of Shaderunner® enable it to be utilised for a multitude of applications, from the smallest domestic setting right up to large span commercial projects, such as aquatic parks and hotels.
The Shaderunner® Retractables Sail is constructed using only the most durable marine grade yacht fittings and Ronstan ball bearing pulleys, ensuring years of trouble free shading with minimal maintenance. The Shaderunner® is manufactured from a range of rigorously tested fabrics, from 95% Polyester Mesh or HDPE Monofilament Fabric to Waterproof PVC. Each fabric is mould resistant and offers protection from glare and the sun’s harmful rays, with a wide range of colours available.