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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

ParaSol by Office for Design & Architecture

November 20th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Office for Design & Architecture

The ParaSol is a rooftop shading structure that produces a constant shadow by tracing the sun’s rays.  Through advanced technology, ODA calculated and predicted the solar exposure for the site while taking into consideration all the contextual parameters of the surrounding buildings.  The ParaSol form emerges through a process of sculptural optimization where 90 models (each one producing an ideal shadow for a different day) were tested to form a hybrid prototype.  This outcome creates a high performance shading structure in a singular, spectacular object, shaping the identity for the rooftop while improving its micro-climate.


The ParaSol works in conjunction with an operable glass box. The skeletal shade creates a framework where vegetation may thrive. During summer, lush foliage shades the space. During winter the performance is reversed; as vegetation dies, the sun rays penetrate to warm the enclosed lounge space beneath. The incorporation of solar units allows for the collection of energy throughout the year making the ParaSol completely energy-efficient.


View under canopy


Birdview model

Summer begin beams

Winter beams


Retroactive sunpath

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