Revolutionising design through the ‘Black Box’
Whether they tilt, slide or fold, operable window walls are commonly specified by Australian building designers because they offer clients flexible living and a practical connection between interior and outdoor spaces.
Contemporary overhead and vertically bi-folding doors are replacing the traditional sliding and bi-fold variations, mainly because they offer unprecedented use of space.
In 2012, Monarch–Renlita Doors, a specialised product line of the ARA Manufacture division, was engaged by emerging Architect Tina Tziallaz to design an ‘out of the box’ solution for her client who was refurbishing an old shed into a contemporary design studio for their software company in Bowral NSW.
The client wanted to create ‘something magical’ in the design and optimise the existing space to incorporate the picturesque surrounding landscape.
Monarch-Renlita designed and installed a custom hydraulic lift tilt door in place of the existing roller shutters, complementing the façade with what soon became the building’s iconic double glazed black glass finish.
Representing a literal black box in appearance, the project went on to win multiple architectural awards with the pictures going viral to the design and construction industry. This exposure saw the ‘Black Box’ door become a high demand solution for many designs in Australia.
Since the Black Box’s debut, more designers have incorporated the hydraulic lift solution into commercial and residential projects which has subsequently evolved and shaped the door design to suit the trends and client requirements.