Rethinking doors (a visual essay of architectural possibility)



Subtly shifting our thinking about doors as apertures or openings to thinking about them as wall elements that pivot or slide can create myriad design possibilities. These possibilities can transform the proportions of spaces and more seamlessly integrate the humble door into the architecture of a space.

The massive doors of the great cathedrals in Europe were intentionally designed as humbling constructions. That’s because door size and treatment in architecture are excellent ways to shift scale with little effort. By contrast, residential construction has historically employed essentially one size door: 3 feet wide and 7 feet tall, drawn from the rough proportions of its inhabitants.

In this video I explore a variety of ways architects have been rethinking the way we use doors in architectural design today.

Architects featured:
Olson Kundig
Dick Clark + Associates
Taylor Smith Architects
Andrew Snow
John Lum Architecture
TLMS Architects
AT6 Architecture
Michael Abraham Architecture
Architecture Workshop PC
Charlie Barnett Associates
Glen Irani Architects
Robert Nebolon Architects

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