Designing an Inspiring Office at home with bookcase doors

A Workplace That Works

Keeping work and private separated can be a challenging task. Especially if your office space is directly adjacent to your home.

Even more challenging is to design a separation that does not look and feel like an actual separation.

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Ernst Hoek - Architect

“When I am in my office and the bookshelf door is closed, it actually feels like a completely separated room” – Ernst Hoek – Hoek & de Wit Architecten

Bookshelf doors; keep work and private separated

Keep work and private separated is exactly what Dutch architect Ernst Hoek has achieved with his secret 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. Spaces like these are a new luxury for workers. Separating rooms by means of a bookcase.

Ernst Hoek had a clear vision on how the separation between his home and the home office had to be created. The design of the bookshelf door is intended to make a separation between work and home life with an aesthetic flavor.

Secret bookcase with FritsJurgens pivot hinge system - Closed
Secret bookcase with FritsJurgens pivot hinge system - Closed
Hoek & de Wit Architecten, The Netherlands - System 3
Secret bookcase with FritsJurgens pivot hinge system - left door opened
Secret bookcase with FritsJurgens pivot hinge system - left door opened
Hoek & de Wit Architecten, The Netherlands - System 3
Secret bookcase with FritsJurgens pivot hinge system - opened
Secret bookcase with FritsJurgens pivot hinge system - opened
Hoek & de Wit Architecten, The Netherlands - System 3
Secret bookcase with FritsJurgens pivot hinge system - right door opened
Secret bookcase with FritsJurgens pivot hinge system - right door opened
Hoek & de Wit Architecten, The Netherlands - System 3
Secret pivoting bookcase with FritsJurgens pivot hinge system
Secret pivoting bookcase with FritsJurgens pivot hinge system - rear view
Hoek & de Wit Architecten, The Netherlands - System 3

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Heavy Duty pivot hinges for bookshelf doors

The two bookshelf doors weigh 500kg each when fully loaded. So Ernst Hoek needed pivot hinges which are strong enough to hold the weight of the bookcase doors. His search for heavy duty pivot hinges ultimately led him to FritsJurgens.

The FritsJurgens pivot hinge systems are ideal for situations where high load-bearing capacity is desired. FritsJurgens pivot hinge systems enable designers and architects to take their pivot door designs to a whole new level in regard to the dimensions and weight of the pivot door.

FritsJurgens’ pivot hinge System 3 was chosen for this specific project. System 3 is most suitable because of the hold positions at every 90-degrees angle and the extreme load-bearing capacity.

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