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New sliding shutters are huge development for sun control

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An new ultra-slim sliding shutters system, which is just five millimetres thick has been launched by the leading global manufacturer of architectural products, Hunter Douglas. The minimalist Flat Bar shutter is at least 50% thinner than existing alternatives on the market. This design innovation is available in all standard RAL colours to mother of pearl. Pieter van Rees, European Marketing Manager at Hunter Douglas, said the beauty of the Flat Bar shutter’s aluminium frame is that it is as unobtrusive as possible to meet the architects’ aesthetic requirements. The shutters have been used be dramatic effect in a minimalist-style housing complex in Brescia, Italy.

The system’s shading and thermal performance match that of other Hunter Douglas sliding shutter systems whilst also guaranteeing privacy for occupiers as the view from the outside is obscured whilst still allowing light into the rooms. The sliding shutters can be closed manually horizontally or vertically, depending on how the shutters are mounted, or motorised. Fabio Brivio, Unit Manager for Hunter Douglas Italy, explains: “‘Initially, Studio 5+1 Architetti Associati opted for a different solar control system, but with that one the users couldn’t block the window entirely from top to bottom.

“That is one reason why the Flat Bar system was eventually chosen. The design played a part in the decision, too. The building’s façade has a minimalist look and the sliding shutters fit in perfectly, thanks to their slim construction. “Interestingly, it looks as though the sliding shutters were installed separately on the façade, rather than being integrated – another detail that matched the architect’s style: he likes to combine different materials and techniques, for instance, glued tiles, a wooden façade and a painted wall. The Hunter Douglas Flat Bar sliding shutter system is suitable for many different applications and works particularly well with housing. Its minimalist style makes it an ideal solution for lower-budget projects. For more information on our range of sliding shutters call Hunter Douglas today!

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