Antique pivot doors of Palazzo Madama

Embracing History

In its current form the Palazzo Madama in Turin dates back to the 15th century, but the majestic pivot doors that lead to the palace gardens are much more modern. In 2016, applying our System M hinge, these doors were renovated by architect Diego Giachello. Proof that antique doors and modern technology can combine seamlessly.

 

FritsJurgens “opens” the doors

Fritsjurgens opens the antique doors of Palazzo Madama in Turin.

 

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 allow access to the Scalone d’Onore and were designed by Filippo Juvara.

 

The 5-meter high antique pivot doors now lock open at an angle of 90° and -90° and close automatically, keeping the room perfectly air-conditioned, which therefore allows a large number of visitors to enter every day without running the risk of damage to the artworks on display

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Words by Prof. Guido Curto, Director of Palazzo Madama

“The intervention of your prestigious company on the doors of the Senate Hall of Palazzo Madama in Turin combines perfectly with our need to preserve the ancient glass doors designed by famous Baroque architect Filippo Juvara, that give access to the Scalone d’Onore in a symbolic building of the city of Turin, because the new System M mechanism enables us to maintain the ideal climatic conditions of the room while also making it possible to welcome a large number of visitors every day.

We are most grateful to you, many thanks”.

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antique doors - antique entrance doors - FritsJurgens Beauty of antique pivoting doors Palazzo Madama - Turin, Italy - Giachello Architect - System M
antique doors - close up of the pivot doors - FritsJurgens Close-up of the antique doors Palazzo Madama - Turin, Italy - Giachello Architect - System M
antique doors - pivot doors Palazzo Madama - FritsJurgens Different view at antique doors of Palazzo Madama Palazzo Madama - Turin, Italy - Giachello Architect - System M

Invisible and self-closing pivot hinges

The FritsJurgens pivot hinge technology is fully mortised in the top and the bottom of these antique doors and is therefore virtually invisible. This guarantees that the magnificent marvel floor is preserved.

Because of their self-closing function, the doors are exceptionally suitable as entrance doors in the winter months. The fixed settings at 90 and -90 degrees ensure that the door can remain stylishly open in the warmer months.

 

Combining the old and new

Palazzo Madama in Turin dates back to the 15th century, but the building’s majestic pivot doors that lead to the main rooms of the current museum, are far more modern. The recent re-design of these doors that are now mounted with our “concealed” hinge System M which is perfect for historically listed buildings, shows how ancient elements and modern technology can blend together in perfect harmony.

 

Thanks to their door lock function, the doors are suitable as entry doors in the winter months or in situations where air conditioning is crucial. The doors can be locked open at 90° and -90°, allowing them to maintain an elegant opening position in the warmer months, while just a light touch with a finger will automatically close them as required.

 

Cursious what FritsJurgens pivot hinge technology could add to your project? Contact us and explore the endless possibilities.

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System M
  • Hold positions at 0˚, 90˚and -90˚
  • Self-closing from -125˚ to + 125˚
  • Adjustable closing damping (soft closing)
  • Adjustable hydraulic backcheck
  • Can be combined with door frames
  • Patented system
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