Heart of darkness
Back in Belgium, Stéphane Beel Architects was commissioned for the restoration and extension of Brussels’ Afrika Museum to bring the building up-to-date and to allow from better viewing of its collections. External blinds linked back to a BMS were specified to minimise any internal clutter around the perimeter glazing while ensuring low light levels were maintained if necessary. The architect wanted the blinds to be invisible when retracted so worked with screen manufacturer Guthrie Douglas and Helioscreen Projects to integrate roller mechanisms into the facade structure. teel cables were used to guide the blinds, and a bespoke return pulley arrangement designed to give them additional stability in high winds.