Mary Hinton of Mulhaupt’s sent me a link to check out a one-of-a-kind door, and she was right – it’s amazing! The door is on a single family home in India called “House with Wall of Light.” It was designed by Matharoo Associates, for Dilip Sanghvi, a diamond merchant. The architectural firm won the Architectural Review’s Emerging Architecture Award, when they submitted the door design.
From the Architectural Review:
‘The DOOR, to a diamond merchant’s residence in Surat, India is 5.2m high and 1.7m wide. The door comprised of 40 sections of thick 254mm Burma teak where each section is carved so that the door integrates 160 pulleys, 80 ball bearings, a wire-rope and a counter weight hidden within the single pivot.
Stacked one above the other in the closed position, each plank can then rotate by a simple push causing the door to reconfigure into a sinusoidal curve.’
I would love to see if the door is still functioning well after being installed for a few years.
There are more photos and information about the house here:
Dilip Sanghvi Residence – Architecture News Plus
The Curtain Door in the House with Wall of Light – Atelier 29
Curtain Door by Matharoo Associates, Surat, India – The Architectural Review
Curtain Door by Matharoo Associates – Design Milk