We open doors countless times every day, from the moment we wake up until we go back to sleep. Doors are everywhere, and they are used to separate spaces for convenience, privacy, safety, and security reasons. They have been around us since the ancient world and have had centuries of technological development that resulted in the modern hinge and the ergonomic designs of the handles we can find nowadays. A lot is going on behind this elemental building component, and there’s a lot that architects need to consider.
One of the first door systems used was the Pivot Door. They could originally be found in ancient stone building constructions, where they were used to hide secret passageways. Since then, they have been used for all kinds of purposes. The Romans, for instance, characteristically used solid bronze double doors that were supported by pivots fitted into sockets in the threshold and lintel. The earliest large examples are the 24-foot (7.3-meter) double doors of the Roman Pantheon.
Modern Pivot Door History
In more recent history, they were favored by the Modern Movement.
Architects like Le Corbusier or Josep Lluís Sert used them for their ability to sculpt free-flowing space with ease.
During those decades, pivot doors needed a subterranean door closer. So in the early phases of a building project, architects had to take into account the placement of the closer in the floor, which was always a hassle.
Now, in modern times, these pivot doors can be installed with great ease, because all technique is now mortised in the door, making it a lot easier to install oversized pivot doors in both new and retrofit projects.
Pivot doors are movable walls. In a closed position, they are virtually invisible; in an open position, they can determine the space. It is precisely this that is the strength of the pivot door: it is a rotating part of a wall that can influence space, functionality, and perception.
As is the case with many construction products, the simplest ones are often the most complicated. A frameless and hingeless door might not look too complicated, but underneath that clean exterior is a menagerie of mechanisms and channels, all carefully orchestrated to make themselves completely invisible.
The FritsJurgens Pivot Door Invisible System
The FritsJurgens modern pivot door hinge is unique in that there are no structural elements on the floor or the ceiling. The hinge is fully integrated into the top and bottom of the door, which means that outside the door, only one small floor and ceiling plate needs to be fitted. A virtually invisible system that can be used simply in both existing and new situations.
FritsJurgens pivot hinges can be fitted in doors of all conceivable lengths and widths up to a maximum weight of 500 kg. The door should be a minimum of 40 mm thick and can be made of any material: glass, steel, wood, etc.
Private House in Onnen
Steel pivot doors have a modern and industrial look that fits in almost every interior and can upgrade the exterior appearance of a building to create a grand entrance.
Antique Pivot Doors of Palazzo Madama
The modern technology of the System M was chosen by architect Diego Giachello to “move” the old glass doors of Palazzo Madama in Turin from the 15th century, which allowed access to the Scalone d’Onore and were designed by Filippo Juvara.
Modern Pivot Door in Austalia’s House
Taouk Architects chose the System M for his black wooden pivot door in the living room.
Natural Wood Pivot Doors
Natural Wooden Pivot Doors were chosen for the HarryVan office in the Netherlands
The ‘AP House’
The appearance of the rectangle-shaped space is highly influenced by the positions of the multiple pivoting doors, all fitted with FritsJurgens pivot hinge systems.
Secrets of the Bookshelf door
Ernst Hoek did not want to create an obvious passage between his home and his office. It could not be just a door. Therefore, he designed a hidden bookshelf door as a room divider.
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