This vernacular French country building illustrates not only the function of shutters in action but also various applications. The top floor uses double shutters at each window, while downstairs the squarish window is covered by only one shutter. Even the numerous doors include shutters.
Moist, tropical climates are ideal for shutters, as the louvers can shed water and provide shade, all the while admitting breezes. Note the two types of shutters in this example: in the foreground are hinged shutters, but in the background are sliding shutters for a larger opening.
Here is an awning-type window shutter that sheds water and provides shade when open. When closed, it protects the house in the event of a hurricane.
An inside view of an awning-type shutter, this time with louvers, clearly shows how the shutter can admit filtered light, even as it protects the window from rain.
This contemporary application features large sliding shutters in front of a terrace. The wood-slat shutters match the adjacent cladding to create a seamless wrapper for the house.
This house in Australia features a horizontal corner window with a generous awning and a narrow shutter on the side. As the shutters close ...
...note how the piston arms tuck behind the awning ...
...and how the awning itself matches the wall ...
...to create a seamless wrapper when the shutters are closed.
Another atypical application is this stair in a condo where shutters line both sides. The mix of sliding and swing shutters serves to "modulate the public/private spectrum as well as to craft the amount of sunlight penetrating the upper and lower rooms," according to the architect.
Their placement and variation in open/closed position also create interesting views across the skylit stair.
And how about these large sliding doors? Shutters? No, but they serve a similar function, all the while impressively opening the interior to the outdoors. What was solid and closed easily becomes transparent and open.