August 1, 2022

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Sliding Doors In Learning Environments

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Doors specialises in bespoke sliding systems, both in the one-way and the overhead track, which helps bring your design concepts to life. Today, architects can select from various applications ranging from the single sliding door to custom systems like auto-closing, sliding, or corner opening doors that simultaneously open and close, enhancing a work or living environment in spaces both small and large.

The design facilitates various training activities, with training rooms open to shared communal spaces with ease through sliding doors, which can transform a training environment easily and affordably. The existing building (in pink) is quite traditional with cell-type classes that feature large sliding doors allowing classes to spill into street-level spaces, utilised efficiently and daily.

The walls between classrooms are also able to open up, which allows for multiple configurations with one, two, three, or more classes connecting, maximising available space, and turning what are essentially corridors into extra teaching spaces. The glass walls that divide each class from the shared learning hub can easily be folded back, connecting that classroom with the hub. The wooden-styled, glass-panelled doors of a cube-shaped space can be easily pulled out the sides, visually expanding the space and opening a smaller corridor-style space for the team’s study.

The cubes wooden stiles are equipped with soft-close sound deadening systems, helping reduce the overall sound transmission to create a distraction-free environment. Today most sophisticated in-wall sliding door systems are also available with bottom-drop deadbolts, which are adjustable to close off the door-bottom gap and provide a crucial extra acoustical barrier. All Next Dimension custom sliding doors are equipped with the optional Blinds Between the Glass System, which features easy, a no-cable operation that is safe for pets and children, lift-and-tilt functions, and easy cleaning.

Slide Patio Doors are gliding on rollers, making them ideal for narrow spaces. Multi-sliding patio doors let you slide more than one panel onto the roller, providing a wider openness and cleaner entrance. Slide-glass patio doors glide horizontally along the track for opening, making them a space-efficient option over hinged patio doors. Next Dimension sliding patio doors are designed for easy installation in both new and replacement projects, providing ease of use as well as durability.

These 38mm aluminium-framed doors are specially designed to be used with the CS sliding system or with a pre-hung installation to create an all-in-one solution. Designed as both an access door and an opening wall, the doors come in a configuration of four large panels (one fixed, and three slidings). The client wanted to maximize the amount of glass that would be used throughout the space, and the tight track dimensions provided by LaCantina’s large sliding glass doors created the desired aesthetic.

LaCantina sliding doors can be equipped with wooden frames inside of the doors, and at the Golestan school, the school interior was finished with Douglas fir wood to blend in with the lighter wooden furnishings of the space. Vertical wooden floors extend outwards toward the outside to lengthen the space, and darker colours were used to highlight the large LaCantina sliding glass doors and to match the school’s darker exterior design.

The extensive glass and size of the sliding glass doors allow the Golestan school to tout healthy attributes in the space such as natural ventilation, and it opened to success during COVID last fall. The large-paned doors allowed a classroom to extend to an even larger, open area if needed, or easily closed down to provide more separation, while not impairing the natural lighting. In schools, spaces with glass walls or large windows and doors connect students with nature, extending the learning environment beyond the four walls of a classroom and expanding the learning environment’s reach.

Open spaces, well-placed nooks, and transparent windows and doors offer clear lines of sight that enable teachers to monitor children without being physically present in the same space. In addition to creating a quieter interior, NKs sliding doors promote more approachable middle schools. In the recent upgrade at Farm Cove Intermediate School, NCHS sliding doors provided doors to larger, open-plan classrooms composed of smaller rooms that could be reconfigured as a single larger room.

A design centred on being able to increase classroom floor space with walls opening up, expanding learning outside the traditional classroom setting to become a collaborative learning hub. They incorporated modern single-leaf sliding doors and internal equipment in the collaborative eight-cubes, to open up space for group-based, project-based learning, with no compromised design. A slim, flexible solution, the high-performance sliding doors could bring efficiency in operations and functionality in new construction, adaptive reuse projects where existing space is limited, and in internal spaces that need reconfigurations between public and private areas. A complete-delivery product; CDL Steel Swing Doors is a competitive choice for those looking to maximize the open space in a structure, and they can seamlessly be integrated with existing facilities as well as new building projects.

Cavity sliding doors are also used to link breakrooms and foyer areas beyond classrooms with the play spaces of outdoor gardens and terraces, once again providing a safe, flat interface between interior and exterior floor surfaces. We looked at the path of sound travel from a classroom to the outdoor road space immediately outside, then into adjacent classrooms, both with and without sliding doors opened, to see just how effective they were. In this case study, we wanted to learn more about the sound environment between a classroom, the street space directly outside, adjacent street space, and classrooms, as well as the effects of sliding doors. Some of the interesting aspects of the measurements mentioned above are that it gives a glimpse into the sound levels decrease within the learning spaces as well as the shared street space; the length, which is influenced by the material and the high absorption rate of sliding doors.

The doors connecting rooms are not acoustic, and the small openings of the keys allow some leakage, enough that it would cancel out any potential reduction of the sound levels from closing a second sliding door between classrooms.