Posts tagged with "Operable Walls":

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A renovated Los Feliz bungalow brings the outside in with folding doors

Carlos Madrid III, a senior designer at the Los Angeles branch of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), has been lovingly renovating his white plaster bungalow-style home for the past two years. Originally built in 1912, the residence was the living quarters for migrant farm workers. With just 800 square feet, Madrid’s main objective was to make the home more usable and comfortable. “I wanted to capitalize on the Southern California lifestyle,” he said. To accomplish this, Madrid installed LaCantina’s aluminum 3-panel bi-fold doors. The doors flexibly swing inside and outside in multiple open and closed positions—anywhere along the spectrum from wide open to completely closed. The system is equipped with a concealed multi-sealed lock, giving the architect freedom to fully open their home and the security to thoroughly close it. In effect, Madrid made the space more usable by opening up the living areas to create the illusion of increased square footage. “This window system blurs the lines between the inside and out, while increasing the perceived size of the living and dining areas,” said Madrid. Location Los Angeles Architect Carlos Madrid III Contractor Steven Fiske Wall System Aluminum Bi-fold System by LaCantina
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Clever operable wall solutions open up outdoor views

Blending indoors without, these openings improve accessibility and reveal sweeping views.

AA 250/425 Thermal Entrances Kawneer

This entrance system is equipped with a discreetly effective thermal break: The corner mechanical fastening and fillet welds minimize airflow.

AWS Terrace Door with ADA Threshold Schüco

This outward-opening terrace door has a new increased profile. When closed, the thermal break efficiently insulates the interior using a triple layer threshold barrier.

8100 series Windoor

Smooth operator! Sliding on one or more tracks, these floor-to-ceiling glass doors can be installed in corners and custom configurations.

Bifold Patio Doors Pella

These bilateral doors open outward so those indoors can enjoy wide-open spaces. The panels fold neatly to adjust to any opening size.

Kitchen Transition Nanawall

Nanawall offers a residential product that creates fluidity between outdoors and indoor kitchens. With the combination of countertop window panels and floor-to-ceiling units, the system seamlessly integrates into a variety of uses.

Pivot Entrance Silvelox

These massive units pivot around a vertical axis with hinges that don’t require welding and open outward from a panel attached to the facade.

Clad-Wood Folding Patio Doors JELD-WYN

This wooden framed solution can be installed to slide, swing, or fold out. It is available as an interconnected three-panel system or in a one-panel configuration.


Offered as a complete package including lock body and available in a range of finishes and functions, the G17 Series allows for sleek and modern open-space design.

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Nine operable wall solutions for flexible public and private spaces

These indoor applications allow for flexibility, creating hybrid public and private spaces for a party of one—or just a party. PlybooDoor Krownlab This barn door–style system opens on a rolling track mounted on a trolley bracket. Each panel features small slats that help to absorb sound while adding a decorative architectural element. This system is offered in six natural wood finishes and available in sizes customizable down to a fraction of an inch. Pivoting Shoin Lualdi Fashioned from a glass-and-aluminum profile, this pivoting partition system creates indoor environments pleasing to pass through and view from afar. It can be integrated with operable and fixed panels and is available in a palette of woods, metals, and glossy and opaque lacquered colors. glassBOX–F Carvart This glass cubicle system incorporates multiple glass panels that slide to-and-fro. It incorporates a front panel on a plane that is steadily secured by an overhead bar. Views from the other side are obstructed by a privacy trim that lines each door and divider. Acousti-Seal Continuously Hinged Automated Wall System Modernfold This hinged partition is connected to create one complete system: a continuous interlocking panel. The setup time is speedy with the help of an electric motor that triggers opening and closing with a simple push of the touchpad. Series 600 Hufcor A clever set of multiple moveable flat panels lets the user choose what area of the wall to shut or open. Available in 3- and 4-inch thicknesses, the welded steel frame makes the system great for very tall ceilings. Fireframes with Pilkington Pyrostop TGP Narrow steel profiles support Pilkington Pyrostop fire-resistant glass, creating seamless modular glass systems for offices and other commercial applications. The doors can be assembled as single or double leaves. LC Privacy Glass Innovative Glass Creating on-demand privacy with the flip of a switch and a voice command, this glass comes equipped with digital technology that instantly changes the face of the glass panels from transparent to frosted. Accordion Folding Wall PK-30 System The panel suspension located in the middle of the partition allows the door to slide without a bottom guide channel track, which means space will appear seamless when the door is open. SPW4S Raydoor This Folding End opening system comprises opening panels that neatly stack to the side, allowing easy passage between the screen areas. It can be installed as a single or pair of doors and is offered in laminate and veneer finishes.
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New door hardware opens up creative possibilities

New functional hardware from top manufacturers helps to create operable walls for both indoor and outdoor use. As an aesthetic bonus, they add a little panache to any opening.

8800 Series Mortise Locks Yale

Made in heavy-duty stainless steel, this burly lock was designed for commercial applications that require strength and durability. It is available in 17 finishes.

LIN-X1000 Sugatsune

This solution allows large-scale doors to swing smoothly on a lateral hardware mechanism. The small radius is perfect for tight spaces, in both cabinet and passage door applications.


Lock Status Sensor Marvin

Have you ever left home and forgot if you locked the door? This completely automated sensor indicates if a door or window is closed and locked. Completely concealed, the Lock Status Sensor is a wireless or wired connection that works with a variety of security systems.

System M FritsJurgens

This system allows a pivoting door to be installed without any structural elements in the floor or ceiling. It can be used with timber, steel, and framed glass single- and double-acting doors.

Junior HAWA

Junior is a sturdy sliding hardware system on running tracks for pocket doors. It is outfitted with a soft-closing mechanism that allows it to open and close quietly.

Tubular Lock Roses SARGENT

These locks come in five variations of a circular, square, or oval silhouette, as well as 14 different finishes in gradients of chrome, gold, and bronze.

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Product>Hardware for Operable Wall Systems

These decorative accents bring a distinctive design aesthetic while covering the technical aspects that keep doors moving seamlessly. Wrap-Around Hinge Schweiss Doors

Schweiss’s new design with grease zerks on every hinge allows users to easily grease hinges from the underside of the doorframe without having to remove the top rubber weather seal. Unique, evenly distributed double-push tubes provide extra support.

Cushion Stop Assa Abloy/Pemko

A new cushion stop for stainless-steel sliding-track hardware systems grabs the door, preventing any reverberation or bounce-back into the opening. It also prevents racking of the system and extends the life of the track hardware. The use of a heavy-duty magnet holds the door open or closed to prevent creeping.

La Jolla Baldwin

With a new push-button privacy feature to enhance egress functionality, the La Jolla handle set features a contemporary design offered in nine handcrafted finishes, including the new polished nickel.

Hawa Telescopic Häfele

This system enables fluid, simultaneous sliding of two to three doors weighing up to 176 pounds or four doors weighing up to 88 pounds in both commercial and residential applications. High-quality trolleys allow for easy movement with one hand, and toothed belts provide strong maintenance-free operation.

System3 Pivot Hinge Frits Jurgens

This Dutch system solves the difficult problem of having to design around a closer box sunk in the floor or ceiling with standard pivot doors. System3 has everything mortised directly into the door, with nothing in the ceiling or floor. The system provides maintenance-free pivots for doors up to 20 feet wide or 20 feet tall and up to 1,100 pounds.

Flush and Cup Pulls Omnia

These minimalist solid brass pulls are ideal for use on pocket doors. They are available in a variety of finishes that suit an array of styles.

Axel Krownlab

A safer, quieter, and more affordable interpretation of classic barn-door hardware, Axel is a modern take on a classic design with industrial aspects like quarter-inch-thick carbon steel tracks and three-inch custom-engineered bearings and visible fasteners. It is available in raw steel that will patina with use, as well as black steel that will retain its matte finish.

Aura CSL Lighting

Aura is a beautiful, framed LED sconce by CSL®. Soft light emits horizontally around the front color plate to create a striking wash on the walls.

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Product>Interior Operable Walls

New interior systems offer endless flexibility to create both privacy and community in open layouts. Room Dividers Anyway Doors

These virtually invisible pivoting hinges offer a unique 360-degree central pivoting door. The innovative system makes it possible for a 300-pound door to feel incredibly light without using built-in floor fixtures. The pivot door closes soundlessly by means of a patented locking technology integrated in the door and frame. A frameless system is also available.

Privasee NanaWall

The first and only all-glass single track sliding system on the market, PrivaSEE is specifically engineered for enhanced acoustical separation. Most conference rooms call for a sound rating of STC 35, which means a fixed glass partition is necessary, but NanaWall’s newest system receives an STC of 36, providing the option for the room to be completely open.

GlassBOX Carvart by Soema

Carvart collaborated with European brand Soema on these sophisticated bathroom cubicles, available in vividly colored tempered laminated glass in a smooth or satin finish. The delicate yet durable panels resist scratches and adapt to atmospheric changes, as well as offer a nanotechnological treatment to resist fingerprints and repel germs.

(Courtesy Innovative Glass) eGlass Switchable Glass Innovative Glass A hygienic and maintenance-free alternative for patient privacy, eGlass provides vision control on demand with the flip of a switch. Unlike fabric curtains, eGlass allows for shared light and sound reduction and can be easily cleaned. Monterey C.R. Laurence

Available in window and door-window combinations, these top-hung panels glide with minimal effort. The system is thermally broken and constructed for extreme weather conditions and is suitable for interior and exterior use. The newest feature to the collection is a retractable pleated screen option that is durable, but quite sheer, so as not to obstruct visibility.

Vinyl Folding System LaCantina Doors

LaCantina Doors’ new Vinyl Folding System brings high quality contemporary styling to the vinyl door market.

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Product> Architecture Without Borders: Operable Exterior Walls

Operable exterior walls strengthen the link between architecture and landscape by selectively erasing portions of a building. Whether they're swinging, sliding, or pivoting, these dual-purpose panels expand the possibilities of design. Invisible Wall System Vitrocsa With only 3/4" vertical sightlines for dual-glazed sliding doors, the Vitrocsa system creates an almost invisible wall that can be opened and closed. Available as sliding windows and doors, fixed windows, vertically sliding “guillotine” windows, and pivoting doors. Compliant with Dade County hurricane impact standards. Multi Slide Panels La Cantina A variety of sill options are offered, including a standard weather resistant sill, flush guide sill for smooth floor-to-floor transitions, and an ADA-compliant sill for both interior and exterior applications. Low-profile rolling hardware ensures smooth, quiet operation; stainless steel wheel options available for all doors and standard for larger systems. With both pocketing and non-pocketing applications, the multi slide panels can stack flush against one another or slide into the wall, completely out of view. Slope Sky-Frame The Slope sliding windows can be installed with an inward or outward inclination, generating a distinctive spatial geometry. The bearing assembly is able to accommodate all vertical and horizontal forces, achieving superior running performance. Regardless of inclination, the system drainage meets all driving rain resistance requirements.   Ultimate Multi-Slide Door Marvin Designed with narrow stiles and rails, this new door comes in a variety of configurations and large sizes with standard widths up to 50 feet wide and 12 feet tall, offering the ultimate in design flexibility and unbelievable, wide-open views.   Cero Sliding Window Solarlux Concealed aluminum frames facilitate large openings while preserving architectural purity. Single glass panels can measure up to 19.5 feet tall and 13 feet wide. Available in manual and motorized versions, and for insulated and non-insulated glazing.   Minimal Frame Window Panoramah Offering excellent thermal insulation and watertightness, these fully-opening casements feature a ¾-inch visible profile. The maximum area for each glass panel is 195 square feet; maximum height is 19.5 feet.
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Product> Grand Openings: Window Walls and Doors That Bring the Outside In

Even in four-season climates, the allure of outdoor living endures. Meticulously engineered for ease of operation, structural soundness, and weather-tightness, large-scale openings offer a seamless transition between indoors and out. Sliding, telescoping, or rising mechanisms give designers—and their clients—a choice of access that complements their architecture. Arc Sky-Frame This sliding curved window can be double- or triple-glazed. Multiple curves can be combined, or integrated with straight runs. Slide/Fold Duratherm Light, ventilation, and privacy are achieved through a strategic use of louvers on the slide/fold door system, here custom fabricated in teak. Fourteen wood species are offered for this configuration. Vitrocsa Invisible Wall System Vitrocsa With only ¾-inch vertical sightlines for dual-glazed sliding doors, this system creates a nearly invisible operable wall. Available as horizontal sliding windows and doors, vertically sliding windows, and pivoting doors. Solarlux Cero A 1 1/3-inch profile and a concealed track system facilitate a near-seamless appearance. Capable of supporting panels up to 13 feet by 1 9 feet with a weight of 2,200 pounds. Architectural Openings Architectural Openings Doors with lift-slide and swing mechanisms combine with tilt-turn windows in this custom mahogany curtain wall. Lift/Slide Panda Windows & Doors With a maximum panel size of 20 feet tall by 10 feet wide, these thermally broken lift-and-slide doors feature an extruded aluminum profile and polyamide iso-bars. E1200 Elephant Doors System CRL Operable storefront sections slide behind fixed sections of this opening system. Suitable for conditions that require a wide opening that can be easily converted into a fixed panel, a wall, or a wall with a door system inside. Multi-Slide Door System La Cantina Doors This aluminum thermally controlled multi-slide door system features AAMA certified wheels, which allow for a symmetrical, low-profile bottom rail. Hydrau-Lift Bifold Doors Hufcor These automated bi-fold doors fold vertically up and outward when retracted, leaving a clear opening and minimizing the amount of headroom needed inside the building. Standard Grade Multiwall Sheets Polygal Featuring a UV coating to protect the polycarbonate panels against yellowing, the rigid sheet structure provides extra strength under wind and snow loads.