Motorised folding shutters manufactured by Hunter Douglas have provided deluxe private villas overlooking the Mediterranean Sea with a stunning visual effect as well as practical solar glare reduction. Designed by celebrated Israeli architect Ilan Pivko, the cliff top villas in Harsuf, near Tel Aviv, the first floors of the sleek villas on the south-eastern side are complemented by motorised folding shutters that have an architect-designed pattern in the perforations that give the illusion of falling leaves. The challenge for Hunter Douglas, the international leader in architectural building products, was to create a curved façade of motorised folding shutters that closed at 180 degrees and concealed the runners to ensure that a clean, flat uniform surface is created when the shutters are closed.
Hunter Douglas Folding Shutters are typically built in aluminium – although can come in any custom material – and have either fixed louvre fins or a perforated aluminium sheet panel. They are available in widths from 530-590mm and heights up to 3600mm. The aluminium profiles can be coated with polyester powder, while powder coating is applied according to the Qualicoat standard. Three colour ranges are available: standard RAL colours, metallic RAL colours and pearl RAL colours, although other NCS and Pantone are possible.