Last night’s CSI meeting was a tour of the recently-completed Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, Massachusetts. It was kind of a hike especially with the threat of traffic problems, but I thought I might be able to get some good door pictures.
I’m so glad I went! There were some really interesting door applications, including the piano storage doors on the stage which were clad with stone panels. Each door leaf weighs 1200 pounds. We just had to go into the storage closet to check out the hinges.
Each leaf is hung on 10 Soss invisible hinges, with a wheel attached to a steel angle on the bottom corner. I was impressed that the Soss hinges were able to handle that amount of weight.
I’m often asked to specify unusual door applications and sometimes I have no way of knowing whether the specified hardware will work before the door is actually in place. These doors are a little hard to swing but not too bad once you get them moving.
I have photos of other applications from last night that I’ll include in future posts (here’s a link to a post on the original curved doors). If you’re interested in learning more about the project, here’s a video about it:
And here’s a link to the Rockport Music website.