(Large) Sliding Doors – An Architect’s Review

Architect Philip Johnson famously remarked, “I have very expensive wallpaper,” referring to the four see-through walls of his Glass House, completed in 1949. Even today transparency defines modern architecture. And our desire to connect our interior living spaces with the outdoors has only increased in recent years.

In this video I discuss the use of colossal doors in residential architectural design. The last example describes a low-cost alternative to the colossal door options presented.

Topics covered:
1. Materials: Metal, wood, and metal clad wood
2. Opening size
3. Panel configuration
4. Thresholds + sills
5. Insulation values of glass
6. Screens
7. Cost ($$$)
8. Benefits

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  1. Karen Az
    February 24, 2016

    Thank you for this instructional videos

  2. Architectural Aesthetics
    February 24, 2016

    Love the content. One suggestion: maybe filing workshop/case study videos like this under "education" instead of "How to/style" category would help your videos reach wider youtube audience?

  3. Mark Masi
    February 25, 2016

    terrific overview on the subject

  4. Tim Barber
    April 25, 2016

    Excellent presentation!

  5. Depressed Plank
    August 18, 2016

    4:44 Does anyone know what those windows on the right side of the house are called? It's like a wall, but the wall is made of glass (windows)?

  6. Jean Yévenes
    August 7, 2017

    Great video. I think there are PVC frame for windows, but they still have metal in the structure

  7. Houses Built Tiny
    October 5, 2017

    Great information Eric I always enjoy how you explain things. Instead of adding extra sections of glass we started using double strength single pane and finishing it out with enerlogic film. If you're curious about enerlogic they really beat anybody out there check him out on YouTube. Love to know what you think about it

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