With fabulous contemporary outdoor shade solutions, keeping your cool couldn’t be easier
01. RIGHT ON TRACK
The Luxaflex® Evo MagnaTrack awning is the only straight-drop awning system in Australia to boast a self-correcting feature that allows the fabric skin to effortlessly return to its channel if dislodged. It can withstand pressures up to 185kph, making it the strongest straight-drop awning that has been wind-tested in Australia.
The use of a quality awning screen, such as Luxaflex® Spectra Fibreglass Sunscreen, along with the Luxaflex® Evo MagnaTrack awning, can eliminate up to 95 per cent of solar heat penetration, making it ideal for improving a home’s sustainability and energy consumption, while helping you feel comfortable all year round. luxaflex.com.au
02. IN THE SHADOWS
A thatched pergola adds an earthy vibe and a cooling element to an outdoor space. With comfortable furniture, you can put your feet up and relax, enjoying the lush greenery beyond.
As the climbing vines mature and grow around the pergola, they’ll add another leafy organic element to the space. It’s simple and effective. Within a living green space like this, a portion of the water drawn up through the plant’s root system leaves the plant through its leaves; it’s similar to how humans sweat. As this water evaporates, it has a further cooling effect. domo.com.au
03. A STYLISH SOLUTION
This covered outdoor terrace with batten screening on top creates a beautiful shadow play of light underneath. It provides partial shading during the early afternoon, with increased shading during the latter part of the afternoon as the sun angle is decreased.
An elegant stylish fixed umbrella adds an architectural element to the outdoor space and provides much-needed protection from scorching summer sun. With robust materials designed to go the distance outdoors, coupled with stylish good looks, it’s the perfect way to relaxed poolside, knowing you are protected from harmful UV rays. leadesign.com.au
04. NOW YOU SEE IT … NOW YOU DON’T
The Warema Terrea K50 folding arm cassette awning is a stylish and exciting innovation. The full cassette awnings are protected from UV, rain and dust when retracted, keeping the fabric and components looking good and dramatically improving operating life. Full cassette awnings look great and complement many types of outdoor space. Warema full cassette awnings are engineered without compromise and manufactured from the highest-quality marine-grade materials.
With a fully enclosed rectangular cassette and a ‘C’-shaped front rail, the K50 is both elegant and practical, integrating seamlessly with the look of most facades. It’s designed for outdoor spaces where the projection required is less than 3000mm and a compact rectangular cassette suits the space. Available in widths up to 5000mm.
Shade Factor is proud to be the exclusive agent of Warema in Australia. shadefactor.com.au
05. A ZEN SPACE
Kiah House is an addition to a 1927 weatherboard cottage. The owners wanted a light and airy home with a strong and positive vibe to entertain, relax and meditate. As part of the under roof, there’s a tranquil space to unwind and immerse yourself in the surrounding natural elements. Influenced by Japanese gardens and the Buddhist retreats of Kyoto, the design responds to the client’s desire for peace and mindfulness. Photo by Tess Kelly. maynardarchitects.com; tesskelly.net
06. MADE IN THE SHADE
The architect owners of this lovely home in Adelaide’s leafy Eastern Suburbs have recently created this wonderful outdoor raised deck, perfectly complementing their modernist-style house.
To provide protection from the elements and maximise use of this space, a fully retractable Shaderunner® shade system was installed, extending from the house out over the deck, with the running wires then extending to posts in the garden.
While most Shaderunner® systems are manufactured from a durable polyester mesh fabric for shade protection, this system was specified with waterproof PVC fabric, which features a PVDF lacquer coating on the top side for easy cleaning. This lightweight PVC is translucent and offers good light transmittance even on overcast days, while providing shade and all-weather protection on demand. shaderunner.com.au