This installation is designed to allow separate use of kitchen and living room areas or a single continuous space. Our bespoke design approach allowed us to create continuous floor finish between the rooms by eliminating a lower track.
Kids can be allowed free reign of the living room area with both physical and acoustic separation from the kitchen. The wall also allows different air temperatures or ‘aroma containment’ if needed for the differing spaces.
Press the button, and in 25 seconds the 750kg wall rises by up to 2.4m to merge the two rooms into one. The moving frames stack up along side the third pane and thus are barely visible. The very top pane fits the curve of the house roof and is static only.
Even when the wall is closed, natural light from the large opening roof over the living room (also by meia) still floods into the rest of the house.
A further design option here would have been to allow the top pane to lower as well, thus creating a high level vent from the kitchen.
One of the innovative elements with this installation is the method of using the glass itself as the structure. Thus, each piece of glass is effectively a ‘beam’ spanning the gap. They act as a wall when down and thus were designed to meet the impact standards set by building regulations.
The mechanism and counterweight are visible in the living area by the customer’s preference, but they could be concealed. Alternatively it would also be possible to automate the wall with an even more compact hydraulic system if preferred.
The base of the wall is fitted with a safety beam that stops the movement if an obstacle is detected.