When oilfield company Schlumberger was moving from New York to a high-rise office in Houston, Texas, they enlisted Planning Design Research Company to create a design. Their objectives were to create an attractive, comfortable working space that incorporated high-tech features.

Lighting was a key factor, so the firm sought to use “natural and indirect light to make the space bright and airy." To achieve the desired lighting, the architects used intelligent, sun-tracking 4" internal daylight louvered blinds from Nysan Solar Control, a Hunter Douglas Company. The blinds feature ladder tapes that allow independent operation of the upper portions of the blinds, so employees can control how much light enters their offices. In addition, a control system enables highly effective shading throughout the day and around the year, preventing direct sunlight from entering the building.

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