Dabs magazine - October 2015
WINNING ARCHITECT HIGHLIGHTS THE ART OF IMAGO
Elegant and stunning Imago Lift & Slide timber doors from AGB blend beautiful Italian design with skilled craftsmanship to take away the distinction between indoors and out.
With low-profile timber frames as slender as just 2cm on spans of up to 7m, Imago is the product of choice for designers who desire to put art into architecture. The light-touch, silky smooth lift and slide mechanism is incorporated discreetly, allowing Imago to open up spectacular panoramic views without visual intrusion. The result is an expansive panoramic glazed door that offers an uninterrupted view, brings light into a property and represents an appealing timber alternative to traditional bi-fold doors.
Now the spectacular opportunities presented by Imago Lift & Slide Doors have been demonstrated to inspirational effect at ‘Villa Nemes’ in Liguria, Italy. It’s been selected as the winner of Live outside the Box, the competition to find the best use of the product, for Casabella, the prestigious Italian architectural magazine with a focus on modern, radical design. The half-subterranean house features a living turf roof,local stone facades and oak flooring, all reflecting the external natural environment. But the chief visual standout is the extensive Imago cornerless glazing.
Designer Daniele Giordano of Giordano Hadamik Architects says the Imago Lift & Slide Doors and glazing played a key role in the project: “In the living room the large 6m span of Imago cornerless glazing, with a 1.5m return, becomes one of the most significant points of the house. The hidden frame enhances the effect of lightness and transparency, framing views of the pool, the big oak tree, the patio and into the valley and the sea.”
The Imago Lift & Slide Door system also contributed to helping the property reach Passivhaus standards. With beauty comes impressive practicality: Imago Lift & Slide Doors offer industry-leading thermal and weather performance, redefining what is possible from a timber door.
And even in British weather, which means large doors stay closed for most of the year, Imago’s slim design means its impact is not lessened. Using Imago also enabled Giordano Hadamik Architects to reduce glazing costs on the project by 40 percent. AGB has created a simplified system which offers topquality performance with less components for reduced costs and a stunning finish. Installation and joinery companies who target the premium market will find Imago panoramic glazing a particular attraction for homeowners and designers.