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How entrance doors are meeting modern flexible architectural requirements

5 Apr 2019

With the ever-changing requirements of modern buildings, entrance doors have had to meet the challenge of being suitable for flexible spaces and structures. As building envelopes develop, so must the overall requirements of entry doors – from residential single and multiple family dwellings, hotels and public structures, to restorations and renovations, all require modern entrance solutions that meet a variety of design requirements.

Security Protection

A vital part of the building envelope, entrances both need to physically separate interior space to the outside, but also provide a safe space for those inside. Offering peace of mind with certified Break-in resistance up to Class 4, achieved with horizontal reinforcing bars, reinforced omegas within the door itself, and a strong, steel core, Oikos’s range of security doors have been cleverly designed to protect against ballistic attacks and malicious break-in attempts. In an age where homes and offices require higher levels of security, Oikos’s entrance doors offer a fully secure entrance solution to a space without compromising on functionality or design.

Locking Systems

Oikos not only pioneer futuristic entrances, but also offer integrated electronic opening and locking systems for their doors. Some doors do not even require handles to be operated to unlock, but work from a sophisticated mobile phone app, transponder key, backlit keypad or credit-card style key, part of their Arckey system. Fingerprint recognition is also available, allowing sophisticated keyless entry to a space – a high-tech, easy to use security upgrade for homes and commercial buildings. No one space is the same, so being able to specify one of many different locking systems allows individuals to secure their space to suit their needs.

Thermal Performance

When architects and designers planning buildings and spaces with sustainability, heat retention and thermal control in mind, having a highly-insulated entrance is extremely important. Alongside securing an entryway, doors represent a fantastic opportunity for superior insulation and to retain heat that traditionally is lost via large doorways, especially in colder climates. Oikos’s Evolution 3TT boasts a U-value as low as 0.75W/m2k, making it passivhaus compliant. The door’s excellent thermal performance can be linked to its future-proofing design concept, with insulation throughout the door’s surface and its thermal break frame, cleverly designed to prevent heat exchange between the cold exterior and warmer interior of a space.

Traditional to Modern Design

Successful architectural spaces are ones that function in tune with their surroundings, but also look elegant. The finish of a building envelope should take into account both form and function. Oikos’s successful combination of artisan skills, engineering knowledge and architectural vision means their array of door designs are able to easily fit into any entryway.  Whether dividing internal gallery spaces, hotel corridors, architectural entrances, or fronting luxury private residences, the craftsmanship and design of Oikos doors is second to none. Specifiable as swing or pivot doors, in a range of RAL lacquers, metal finishes, stainless steel panels, and operating on pivot, knuckle or hidden hinges, Oikos doors are prized for their design versatility and aesthetic flourishes.

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