Dancing in the Light

May 16, 2019
Oklahoma City
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Architectural elegance meets engineered precision at Oklahoma City Ballet’s new rehearsal space and dance school. Beautiful natural light takes center stage in the half-cylinder-shaped space, which was recently converted from an award-winning fitness center into The Susan E. Brackett Dance Center.

To filter light and create a privacy barrier for dancers, automated shades were needed to create a unique shading solution inside the 26,685-sq.-ft. building.


Architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris selected Hunter Douglas Architectural’s RB 500+ automated shades featuring Mermet’s E Screen in 1% white fabric.

At the arched window, 10 high-performance shades line the bottom while another 10 shades are angled along the top of the frame. These smart, automated shades use Somfy’s animeo sun sensor technology to lift and retract with the sun’s movement. The effect? As the upper angled shades lower, the bottom

half of the shades lift to meet in the middle, evoking a sun disappearing into the horizon. When the shades are fully lifted, the large-scale window’s glass reflects Oklahoma’s breathtaking sunsets, creating an exterior that is naturally dramatic.


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