This contemporary Award Winning Home in Oakham, Rutland (East Midlands) Wom multiple RIBA Awards in 2021 benefitted from slim framed sliding doors, alongside various aspects of frameless structural glazing. The home was designed to merge with the surrounding landscape; therefore, one element of the building was curved, with a grass roof which helps to subtly blend the building with the natural environment.
The curved section of the building creates a beautiful swooping courtyard that channels the sunlight for a well-lit outdoor living space. The new-build home in Oakham was designed with the aim of providing the owners with exceptional views of the surrounding landscape. To achieve this, the architects wanted to include as much glazing on the project as possible.
Two balconies were installed to the expansive new build, one running the full width of the building on the 1st floor and one protruding from the side of the property on the top floor. The balcony on the top floor of the home was designed with frameless structural glazing for the glass balustrades and a minimal windows® sliding door accessing the balcony from the living space.
The slim framed sliding doors on this project were specified in a pocket door configuration, to slide invisibly into hidden wall pockets when open. The pocket doors allow indoor and outdoor areas to be completely merged, creating one large indoor-outdoor living space to be enjoyed when the weather permits.
Timber and architectural glazing were two of the main building materials utilised in this award-winning home design. External timber cladding was used alongside the slim framed and frameless glazing solutions for a modern, biophilic home design.
Internally, timber was used for the interior wall, floor and ceiling finish. This includes a bespoke timber-clad ceiling that follows the roof profile spiralling over the main living rooms and rising to the highly glazed south-facing views and double-height spaces.
One huge advantage to specifying pocket doors is the addition of a completely open aperture, with no trace of aluminium sliders left behind when the doors are concealed within the wall cavities. This is a specialist configuration and not one that all sliding glass door providers can offer, due to the complex structural nature. Complete with a flush threshold, the luxury door systems offer seamless travel between indoor and outdoor environments.
minimal windows® sliding doors were also used on the other balcony, where they were designed as two separate sets of two-track sliders. These sliding doors were designed to provide outstanding views of the landscape thanks to the slim sightlines of just 21mm. The architectural sliding doors installed in this contemporary new build home create a strong bond between the homeowners and the surrounding nature, for a true indoor-outdoor style of living.
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