New interior door and wall systems encourage spatial efficiency and flexibility—essential traits in the contemporary office, where shifting, collaborative work groups are the norm. Here's a look at some innovative designs for this ever-critical design element. Raydoor Offering an extensive selection of sliding wall and door systems—including sliding bypass, sliding wall, sliding pocket, and pivoting designs—this manufacturer specializes in creative solutions to spatial conditions in residential, hospitality, and commercial spaces. Beyond Frameless Glass Moveable Wall Allsteel Glass panels arrive unitized with factory-installed ceiling brackets and base channel for faster installation. An integrated leveling mechanism makes it quick and easy to level the walls. A privacy tile system that hangs directly on the glass panels is offered. 487 Series Office Partition with Integrated Slider CRL An effective way to divide interior office space and provide acoustical privacy, while allowing desirable light to enter the indoor spaces and qualify for LEED credit. Bonded Series Panels Panelite With muted satin facings and nearly invisible ClearConnect panel seams, double-walled Bonded Series panels provide a luminous, acoustic office partition system. Custom curved panels are available. Frankford Panel System Amuneal Influenced by the mechanical age and the age of discovery, the Frankford Panel System draws inspiration from industrial and architectural artifacts. Informed by the manufacturer’s heritage in custom fabrication, this modular system can be fully customized in unusual, artisan-finished materials to create unique panel configurations. Center Mount Glass Wall Dirtt Not only are the design possibilities—side lites, clerestories, transoms, and more—expansive, but the product sourcing for this butt-joint wall system is customizable, too. The manufacturer can supply the glazing, and also offers the option of sourcing glass locally. The wall frames are assembled at the job site, and the glass panes are then slid into place.
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Amuneal Manufacturing fabricates a “breathing” sculpture for a North Carolina plaza.For a public plaza in downtown Chapel Hill, North Carolina, landscape architecture firm Mikyoung Kim Design designed a unique sculptural installation that doubles as a stormwater management system. The 70-foot linear form is centrally located to engage the town’s residents with a looped, 10-minute light show. A misting sequence, drawn from a subgrade cistern, emanates through the perforated metal skin of the sculpture, giving the impression that “Exhale” is actually a living, breathing object. The original concept for the piece incorporated hydrological elements of the site in an engaging and transparent way, but the form was less defined. Over the course of nine months, designer Mikyoung Kim said her team designed countless rock-like shapes from clay, carving each from the inside out to achieve a thin, amorphous shape that consistently collapsed in on itself. Then, one night at home, Kim had a breakthrough when her idling hands picked up a few sheets of trace paper in the early morning hours. “I started folding a piece of trace paper and kept folding, and folding,” she recalled. “It was yellow and easy and beautiful; I fell in love with that.” The sheets also helped Kim balance her aim for delicacy with function and helped define Exhale’s fan-like corrugation. Through a series of quarter-scale mockups and Rhino drawings, the team worked to refine the size of the sculpture’s perforations, a process Kim likened to “squinting to make it clearer.” There are more perforations on the top than on the bottom, giving the impression of a sturdy base with a lighter feeling above. Another challenge came in integrating the corrugated, perforated surface with a support structure. Parametric scripting helped Kim dictate where the perforations would fall in relation to the framing elements. Kim turned to long-time collaborator Amuneal Manufacturing to fabricate the design. Amuneal converted the drawing from Kim’s Rhino files to Solid Edge. Those files were used to laser cut the sheet’s trapezoidal geometry and perforations from marine-grade stainless steel sheets. Amuneal’s CEO, Adam Kamens, estimated that almost 50 sheets where welded together to create the final form. Radial corrugations were folded on a CNC press brake. Because Exhale was designed for a plaza that wasn’t perfectly flat, Amuneal executed as much pre-assembly in its Philadelphia facility as possible. Sheets as large as the bed of a truck were craned into place and welded together on site. Abrasive finishing smoothed over seams and connections. The curved, stainless steel sheets conceal an internal misting tube that releases vapor through a high-pressure spray, as well as color-changing LEDs. Kim’s favorite part of the design experience was watching public reception of her work, which was unveiled on a warm day in late spring. “The combination of all the elements created a reaction from Chapel Hill that was a pleasure to watch,” she told AN. “I watched kids engaging it immediately and it made all of the hard work worthwhile.”
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Sliding blackened steel walls create functional space in an art collector's loft.When Philadelphia-based Amuneal Manufacturing Corp. won a bid to fabricate a set of large movable residential walls designed by New York-based Elmslie Osler Architect (EOA), they had a lot of experience to draw on. As experts in the field of magnetic shielding, they work routinely for aerospace and scientific research industries, while the company’s custom fabrication branch handles everything from retail fixtures to large-scale public art installations. For EOA’s project, a gut renovation of a 2,200-square-foot Soho loft, Amuneal began with the architects’ drawings of large sliding doors needed to reveal or conceal parts of the apartment. The walls had to fulfill three functions for EOA’s art collector client, an Indian businessman who spends part of his time in New York: create a modular space out of the bedroom and living area, conceal a freight elevator that opens directly into the loft, and provide more wall area on which to hang large pieces of art. Amuneal’s challenge was to build a lightweight structure that wouldn’t place too much stress on wall- and ceiling-mounted hinges. Additionally, the walls had to be constructed in pieces that would fit through the small 4-by-8-foot opening of the freight elevator. The team modeled the doors using Solid Edge 3-D modeling software and constructed a mockup in their shop before bringing the finished pieces to site for assembly. The doors are constructed of structural aluminum tube framing that was saw-cut and welded together. Cold-formed steel cladding was laser-cut, and in some cases laser formed, before being backed with MDF and cleated to the door substructure. EOA worked closely with Amuneal to select the unique hand-applied blackened steel patina in one of the fabricator’s proprietary formulas. The steel walls also have a recessed “art channel” to support the weight of the client’s large-scale canvases, which can easily be rotated thanks to the design. Making sure that the approximately 10-by-10-foot doors would not wrack as they moved was another priority. Because the project’s general contractor had already finished the hardware-concealing header, the Amuneal team located track hardware from UK-based Coburn that would fit. A guide in the floor prevents movement as the doors slide closed on either side of a freestanding concrete wall to conceal the master bedroom. Because the client did not want a visible track for the seldom-used swinging elevator door, the team instead used a spring-loaded caster that would ride smoothly over the apartment’s reclaimed Brazilian barn wood floors.