Design Buy Build Issue 31 2018 - Page 90

THE OUTHOUSE T he Outhouse in the Forest of Dean is a multi- SHY’s fabric tension system (FTS) ensures that the long, award winning, private house that is half-buried in angled blinds operate without sagging or rippling - there is a a hillside. Designed using the footprint of existing motor at both ends of the blind so when they are stopped at buildings, it is a big, bold house that incorporates any point, the motors turn gently in the opposite direction to both living space and an art studio. tension the cloth. Running through the centre of the building is a gallery that Expertly installed by Grants Blinds, the rooflight blind’s side provides a natural break between the working and living channels and head boxes are concealed and so they are almost areas. This open corridor spans the property on its east-west invisible when retracted. Their operation is motorised using a axis and a 13m angled rooflight floods the gallery with natural wireless radio signal. light. SHY can supply suitable, shading solutions for almost every In such a contemporary space, a shading solution was needed application and location, using their specialist roller blind to control the glare whilst enabling daylight to still illuminate knowledge and experience. The company designs and the area from above. Roof blinds encounter extremes of manufactures all their commercial and bespoke roller blinds heat, insect debris, dirt and condensation, so it was essential in-house in the UK at their own specialist site. Wit h an that the system and fabrics could cope with these extreme extensive range of materials, systems that boast 5 headbox conditions. sizes, 8 roller barrel diameters, 6 operating methods and the The solution was two motorised SHY FTS screen fabric blinds. These extend from either end of the rooflight for maximum flexibility in the level of shading provided when being used. ability to manage sizes up to 70m2, they have a solution for every shaped window and rooflight challenge. Tel: +44 (0) 1462 455 400 90