Fritsjurgens solutions characterize the McAnally residence
The McAnally residence rises on Australia‘s east coast surrounded by sand dunes. Overlooking Sunshine Beach, this contemporary architectural home fits into the landscape like a diamond in the rough: solid, indestructible and extraordinarily elegant. Large glass skylights flood the interior with natural light, emphasising the uniqueness of the structure and layout of the house. The effect is striking, particularly in the entrance area: here, a three-storey gap opens up between the entrance platform and the adjacent concrete wall.
The pivoting entrance door is anything but ordinary. Nearly 6 metres high for an entire wall which, at the touch of a finger, naturally welcomes those entering the residence. A well-considered design choice that has an impact on the entire layout of the living area. Gavin Maddock, architect and designer of the project says: “The client wanted to cross the threshold and immediately see the ocean. Thinking of a pivot door as a design solution that would allow free rein to creativity with no height limits and extreme load-bearing capacity was immediate.”
“Considering the size, weight and quality of the door, the System M hinges from Frits-Jurgens were an essential choice,” continues Maddock, “because they gave us excellent fluidity in the opening and closing movement. When designing an entrance like this, every detail counts. The door’s size, weight and essential design necessitated an extreme selection of hardware, including the internal door panel frame. It is in fact, and to all intents and purposes, a true rotating wall with concealed hinges.”
The door was made with a welded internal frame and covered internally and externally with aluminium composite panels. The handles, both external and internal, are concealed in the thickness of the door.