Our vertical folding lattice: GUBI-vFOLDING

The vertical folding lattice is one of many examples for the design of architectural envelopes where functionality and aesthetics are combined. Innovating in this sense, we would like to tell you about our GUBI-vFOLDING solar control system, a recently patented product that meets these precepts of facade enclosure. To this end, this article focuses on commenting on all the interesting aspects of its manufacture, which are worth spreading.

Wooden lattices on facades

In the context of sustainable façade design, timber lattices emerge as a technically and aesthetically sophisticated solution. The structures make it possible to regulate natural lighting and ventilation in buildings through the use of slats or louvres, which are operated in a variety of ways. Wood, in this case the main material, brings warmth and a connection to nature to the built environment, while its ability to regulate sunlight and ventilation contributes significantly to the energy efficiency of buildings.

Vertical folding lattice cross-section. Diagram in Parallel Facade. Bonanova, Palma de Mallorca
GUBI-vFOLDING system on the Parallel façades in La Bonanova, Palma de Mallorca. Project by OHLAB. © Javier Bravo

The vertical folding lattice GUBI-vFOLDING

GUBI-vFOLDING represents for our team a cutting-edge element in the design of sustainable and energy-efficient facades. This solar control system has been meticulously conceived to provide precise regulation of lighting and ventilation through the automated vertical movement of the wooden slats.

Vertical folding lattice isometric diagram
General diagram of the vertical folding blind © Grupo GUBIA

Its technological core lies in a completely concealed motorised system that drives the vertical folding of two panels, allowing them to be opened in multiple positions. These frames are made of aluminium and are joined by stainless steel hinges. This guarantees the stability and durability of the system. The innovative design incorporates horizontal and vertical reinforcements in these frames, as well as side guides that feature a multi-point opening fixing.

Vertical folding lattice cross-section. Diagram
Image and cross-section of the folding © Javier Bravo / Grupo GUBIA

Versatility in vertical folding design

A distinctive feature of the GUBI-vFOLDING truss is the versatility of its cladding. The variety of profiles and finishes available allows it to adapt to a wide range of architectural styles. For example, one of our most renowned implementations is in the Paralel Facade project in the La Bonanova district of Palma de Mallorca. In this project of the OHLAB architecture studio, our technical team has constructively developed, manufactured and executed the installation of this system on two of the project’s façades.

In this example, the side guides of each system are embedded in the main structure of the building, “H” section pillars that geometrically constitute a linear and continuous niche perfect for fitting the side profiles of these guides. Independently of this. Our system can be adapted to various structural anchoring solutions. The support capacity of the guides makes this possible.

Protoypes of shutters in workshop
Prototyping and testing of the lattice system in the workshop © Grupo GUBIA

Here, the choice of horizontal wooden slats makes this solution the preferred choice for projects that prioritise eco-efficiency. At the same time, the folding of frames to the outside allows the application of different profiles and distributions of slats, panels, etc. in the sections, an aspect of flexibility in defining the design of the enclosure.

Applications with sustainability

Our vertical folding lattice is a sustainable design solution that finds applications in a variety of architectural contexts. Its capacity for natural constraints makes it suitable for a wide range of buildings, from residential dwellings to commercial and cultural complexes.

Vertical folding lattice in facade
Parallel façade. Different opening states © Javier Bravo

However, what distinguishes it and elevates its status in sustainable façade design is its commitment to sustainability. The choice of timber as the primary material for the louvres of the lattice is fundamental to this purpose. Wood is a renewable resource with a low environmental impact that aligns with the principles of sustainable construction.


Energy efficiency is also another area where the GUBI-vFOLDING lattice excels. By precisely regulating the entry of sunlight, it reduces the need for artificial lighting inside buildings, which saves energy and lowers operating costs. Overall, it is a technical, aesthetic and sustainable solution for façade design. Its focus on eco-efficiency and its ability to combine functionality with elegance make it the ideal choice for contemporary architectural projects committed to sustainability and energy.

If you need more information about this product, as well as its technical data sheet, do not hesitate to contact us. Our technical team will be happy to provide you with what you request. We are also available to attend any project under development with the intention of implementing this system. Contact us to review it and try to make it a reality.

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