Connecting the Indoors and Outdoors

Patio showing sliding

Don’t stop with large windows for natural light and panoramic views. Sliding/stacking glass doors with windows or transoms over them in volume/vaulted rooms open up living areas to sunlight and air and connect the indoors and outdoors. And just think of the floor space that you save – inasmuch as these multi-pane glass doors open from side to side rather than inward or outward.

While these sliding glass doors are trendy today, they were introduced – albeit in a more primitive form – during the pre-war era at the start of the 20th century. Historians speculate that sliding/stacking doors were fashioned after Japanese doors called Shoji, a sliding translucent door hung by a wood frame.
Talk about the fascinating architectural cycle and how past designs are refashioned to keep up with the times.



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