Austrian designer Klemens Torggler is reinventing the door

This futuristic sliding door system makes leaving the room more dramatic.
Via Metro World News

Normal doors work fine, but nothing’s perfect. Austrian designer Klemens Torggler has created a radical design for a new door based on rotating squares, and told us why.

Metro: What was the inspiration for this design?

Torggler: The idea of designing a trackless sliding door came up during the renovation of our apartment. The door we were looking for had to cover an aperture with an arched lintel.

The problem was that we were not able to find any track that suited this construction. Quite quickly, I came up with the first concept of the rotating squares door: the one-rod system. The fact that this system was a never-designed-before invention, and here we are talking about a patent, encouraged me to start developing.

How challenging was it to produce?

I see this door as an art object. Engineering techniques are a requirement, as art and engineering are not a contradiction. A high-quality mechanism and art go hand-in-hand together. I improved the functionality when it comes to balance and design. Finally, several solutions were found and I really enjoyed developing those doors.

Why and where might it be useful?

The idea of using it as a common door and that it can be seen as an art object pleased me. That means you can either install them in houses, apartments – for example, to separate spaces with large bays or galleries, even on boats. Limitation is pretty nonexistent since those systems are all running smoothly and silently.

How much variation is possible?

Variation is pretty unlimited since you can either build really heavy doors – for example, made out of glass or steel, or pretty light ones composed of paper or wood. What’s more, the doors are variable in size, as well, which means that I can construct ones 3 meters high, as well as 20-cm ones.

Do you anticipate demand and adoption?

I have plenty of requests from all over the world, and I am really looking forward to the new challenges I have to face.


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