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  • Last Friday at noon, the wing-shaped brise-soleil that soars atop architect Santiago Calatrava's pavilion at the Milwaukee Art Museum closed and opened again.

    An All-Too-Bloodless Coup

  • The art was not well served on the brilliantly sunny public opening day by Mr. Piano's elaborate system of sensor-activated window shades and artificial illumination, nor by his brise-soleil canopy.

    A Modern Wing Takes Flight

  • Alexander Tzonis compares the building's 217-foot-wide mechanized brise-soleil (or sunscreen) to "the wings of a great seagull."

    The Bird Man

  • Along with acting as a kind of brise-soleil, or sunshade, the veil also has a key structural role to play, bearing the roof load and making possible the column-free gallery space on the top floor. - News

  • The truth is that the aluminum rectangles and squares of the brise-soleil (pronounced BREEZ soh-LEY, it is French for "breaks the sun") were designed to shade the windows at 157 Poplar.

    Memphis Commercial Appeal Stories

  • Floorplates and brise-soleil structures hang above the walkways and keep direct sunlight off workspaces.



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  • "Failing to be uplifted by white columns or the vertical thrust of the hall's backbone, he dwelled instead on how the opening of the brise-soleil, the structure above the building so reminiscent of a whale's tail just before a long submersion, left those inside both exposed—and trapped."

    Sleight by Kirsten Kaschock, p 59

    December 24, 2011