Claim your design freedom
Perhaps, in some cases, it is. There are simply tons of spoken and unspoken rules that architecture and design have to comply with. However, there are situations in which you can take back your design freedom by utilizing smart solutions that are already out there but that not many people know about. And this is especially true for the architecture and design of doors.
Pivoting entrance door by Gavin Maddock with a FritsJurgens System M pivot hinge
Doors play an enormously important role in the perception of a space. Inside a building, doors create spaces beyond what is visible to the eye.
A wall without a door is just a wall, without any hint of something being behind it. A wall with a door in it enlarges the entire building by allowing the mind to wonder what can be discovered behind that door.
Why settle for less?
Besides the psychological purposes of doors, they offer limitless design possibilities. A door and its design can positively influence the atmosphere of a space or a building, and designers and architects should not take this lightly.
For example, an entry is often the first tangible element of a building that’s encountered, and it sets the tone for the rest of the interior. It’s a shame when a beautiful interior is being brought down by basic interior doors. Why settle for mediocre when you can create something more than just a passageway?
Copper entrance pivot door with System M pivot hinge, designed by Porebski Architects, built by Cumberland Building, photographed by Peter Bennetts
Beyond basic, hinged doors
When designing a statement with a door, you will quickly find out that a basic, hinged type of door will not suffice. Due to weight and measurement reasons, the most logical choice is often a pivot door.
A pivot door rotates on a vertical axis, determined by the pivot hinge and top pivot placement. The vertical axis creates a freely rotating canvas that can take any possible design and adds a spectacular movement to the door. Taking this movement into your design makes an experience instead of a passage.
Moreover, pivot doors with the proper hardware can carry enormous weights and take any door measurement type. However, not every pivot hardware is up to this task. The pivot hinge itself can unfortunately create quite some trouble.
Statement interior pivot door from perforated steel. By Studio Tamat, with FritsJurgens System M pivot hinge
“A pivot door is too difficult and too expensive.”
The installation process of an in-floor pivot hinge system is a real drag. Such a drag even that your pivot door design will often need to be adjusted or worse, is taken out of the designs, even though that is the exact thing you wanted to avoid.
The installation of an in-floor pivot hinge is expensive and takes several days; when underfloor heating is present, you can forget the pivot door altogether; special precautions have to be taken for the floor in an early stage of the build; the floor has to be opened up again afterward—especially in existing situations; adjusting the position of the door is impossible; and last but definitely not least: a cover plate, often large and not good-looking, has to be placed on the floor, often out of line with the interior design.
Even with a terrazzo pan, which is expensive and takes a large amount of attention to detail and time to make perfect, you will see the cover plate’s outlines on the floor.
Don’t be bullied by the rules
Don’t give up on the pivot door just yet. FritsJurgens has created various pivot hinges that solve all of the issues above. Besides being easy to install, these hinges make unlimited door heights possible and carry doors with weights up to 500 kg. FritsJurgens’ pivot hinges are not placed in the floor but in the door itself. This crucial switch makes all the difference, giving you your license to dream.