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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  1. 3dstream
    August 17, 2016


  2. namak112
    August 18, 2016

    Please continue to make more visual essays. Could u include interior details, furniture details, lighting details, ornamentation details. Also Wall paneling details. Ur essays are easy to understand and cover very point. Thank u.

  3. Theodor Butters
    August 31, 2016

    Do more of these videos… They're great

  4. max jackson
    October 26, 2016

    Wow.. Great … Please continue making videos.

  5. MaZEEZaM
    March 26, 2017

    Personally I really like large pivoting doors. Have they improved sliding door mechanisms these days? I have experienced several internal and external sliding doors that drop and end up becoming extremely heavy and difficult to open and close.

  6. MaZEEZaM
    March 26, 2017

    I really like that you are getting into the real details of the design rather than just considering the shell of the structure itself.

  7. Michael Kim
    April 6, 2017

    I wish pocket sliding doors (either floor to ceiling or not) would get more opportunities to be installed in US homes.

  8. supravista
    June 7, 2017

    This channel is ridiculously inspiring and helpful.

  9. Sloppy Bukake
    August 9, 2017

    Great channel. Architecture is awesome!!

  10. 林俊傑
    September 5, 2017

    Thanks for the useful idea.

  11. Froggo Bitchh
    October 27, 2017

    You are so good! You have helped me at so many topics. You’re better then my teacher

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