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Nov 26 2014

WW: Booth by the Exit

Category: Egress,Wordless WednesdayLori @ 1:04 am Comments (5)

I have to admit, I do like to sit where I can see the exit.  But this might be a little too close for comfort.

It’s possible that the door is no longer required as an exit, hence the arrow to the left, but I think it could be confusing, especially in a fire.  I’m working on an article for Doors and Hardware about calculating the egress width, which would help determine whether this exit is required or not.


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  And thank you to Jim and Debbie Campbell of Allegion for the Wordless Wednesday photo!

Nov 25 2014

Feng Shui

Category: Egress,NewsLori @ 1:31 pm Comments (4)

Red DoorTo be honest, I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about feng shui, which is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China.  The goal of Feng Shui is to balance the energies of a space to ensure health and good fortune.  I do know that I’m not supposed to store stuff under my bed, which  might be the reason I’m often unbalanced.

There are several door-related rules in feng shui.  A strong feng shui front door (unobstructed, well cared for, and harmonious with the building) allows good energy to enter.  The direct alignment of two doors is considered bad feng shui, because the good energy that enters through the front door can escape quickly out the back door.  Recommended door color is dependent on which direction the door is facing – red is a good color for south-facing doors.

And…inswinging doors are good feng shui.  Wait – what??

An article just came across my desk about the nightclub fire at the Ozone Disco in the Philippines.  On March 18, 1996, a fire occurred in the nightclub, killing 162 people and injuring 93.  There were about 400 people in the club when the fire began.  The emergency exit was blocked by a new building next door, and the inswinging main entrance doors trapped occupants inside.

Last week (yes – last week!), 9 people were found guilty of graft and given a 10-year prison term.  Seven were city government workers and 2 were stockholders of the company which ran the nightclub.  During the court proceedings it was revealed that the inswinging main entrance doors were thought to be good feng shui, designed to keep the money flowing in.

The Ozone Disco fire ranks #7 on NFPA’s list of Deadliest Nightclub Fires in World History.  NFPA published a case study on nightclub fires in 2006, which examines the 2003 fire at the Station Nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island as well as other nightclub fires, and highlights code changes and other recommendations that resulted.  Considering the occupant load, lighting, loud music, and possible impairment of occupants, nightclubs present major safety concerns and warrant strict attention.  Remember my own recent nightclub experience?

The moral of the story…life safety trumps feng shui.  If you’re not sure whether a door should be inswinging or outswinging, you can read about it here.

Photo: Shutterstock

Nov 24 2014

Almudena Cathedral – Madrid, Spain

Category: Beautiful DoorsLori @ 1:55 pm Comments (1)

It’s been a while since I posted any of my vacation photos, so I wanted to share these beautiful doors that I saw in Madrid this summer.  Construction on the Almudena Cathedral began in 1883, but due to the Civil War and other delays, the cathedral was not consecrated for worship until 1993.  The extremely ornate bronze doors are the work of sculptor Luis Antonio Sanguino, who began work on them in 2000.

Front Entrance  Rear Pair

Door 2

Door 1a   Door 1

People  For Scale

door b  Door 5

Door 6  Door 4

The gigantic bolts were used to secure the cathedral doors from the vestibule side…potentially preventing egress for the occupants in the cathedral.


I can’t say I’m a fan of the method used to latch the wicket door…

Wicket Door Latch

And here are just a few non-door photos from the cathedral.  It’s stunning.


Organ  More Arches

There are lots of beautiful photos of the Almudena Cathedral here.

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