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Issue 81 · Best of Architecture · July 15, 2013

Sliding Doors Inspired by a Midcentury Masterpiece

Issue 81 · Best of Architecture · July 15, 2013

Architect Julian King (a member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory) clued us in to Swiss company Vitrocsa's precision glass system a while back; certainly the most elegant sliding doors we've ever seen (plus, how could you not love a company that makes a "guillotine window"?).

Eric Jouray, who founded VItrocsa in 1993, applied precision Swiss watch technology in the design of his minimalist windows, which have a vertical sight line of only three-quarters of an inch. Inspired by California architecture of the 1940s (the Case Study House #22 by Pierre Koenig, in particular), Jouray created a minimal system that would take into account modern energy requirements as well as the architectural mandate to incorporate very large sliding units. The result is a window where the glazing becomes a structural element that "in itself supports the window rather than merely filling a frame." So it's not surprising that high-end Pritzker Prize-winning architects like Tadao Ando, Herzon & de Meuron, and Eduardo Souto de Moura have incorporated Vitrocsa's products into projects). To learn more, go to Vitrocsa USA.

Photos of Tobias Partners' Whale Beach House in Australia by Justin Alexander via Coddington Constructions.

Tobias Partners Whale Beach House View

Above: Australian firm Tobias Partners used Vitrocsa's precision glass system in their Whale Beach house overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Tobias Partners Whale Beach House Kitchen

Above: A series of ultra thin sliding doors lead to the outdoor deck area.

Tobias Partners Whale Beach House Kitchen with View

Above: When retracted, the doors reveal an unobstructed view of the Pacific.

Tobias Partners Whale Beach House Pool View

Above: Teak decking leads to a pool.

Tobias Partners Whale Beach House Hallway

Above: A side view of the Vitrocsa window system.

Tobias Partners Whale Beach House Bedroom

Above: In the bedroom, an almost seamless view of the sea is on offer.

Tobias Partners Whale Beach House Bathroom

Above: A serene, spa-like bath.

Vitrocsa Sliding Track

Above: A detail of the Vitrocsa sliding door system; photo via Vitrocsa.

Tobias Partners Whale Beach House Pool View

Above: A view of the cantilevered pool.

Whale Beach House Tobias Partners Pool

Above: The doors open wide to the pool area.

 



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