As architects continue to test the limits of design, we are beginning to see the demand for glass openings of epic proportions take the building industry by storm. With the help of the modern steel window and door, the architect’s vision of floor-to-ceiling glass walls, expansive pocket sliders, and towering 14’ entryway doors are now a reality in modern architecture. The evolution of the factory-style steel window, first made popular in the late 19th century, unifies the classic look of wrought iron steel with the innovative window technologies of today.
Let’s take a look at 8 distinctive windows and doors that are sure to STEEL your heart:
Towering 14 foot-tall steel entryway French doors make quite the first impression as you enter this modern barn-style estate. Guiding the eye up, the custom steel entryway door pair amplifies the barn’s high vaulted ceilings and give the feeling of openness. The specialized blackened steel patina finish highlights the rustic raw charm of the salvaged wood siding, and sleek metal roof.
This ultra-luxe modern wine country estate made use of multiple steel pocketing sliders to create a truly open concept design that seamlessly embraces the surrounding vineyards. The strategic placement of the steel pocketing sliders give the home a balanced symmetric appearance, and allows for beneficial cross ventilation in warmer summer months.
Nestled in the hills of Idaho, this gorgeous country resort welcomes you with its signature slim framed steel entryway door. The matching slim framed sidelight windows amplify the scale of the entryway door while minimizing obstructions and capturing the vibrant lush landscaping.
Historically, expansive glass openings meant that energy efficiency was sacrificed and homes were susceptible to conditions like condensation, interior thermal discomfort, and heating and cooling loss. The modern steel window and door has virtually eliminated these concerns with the help of a high quality thermal break, ensuring a high level of insulation and condensation resistance. As seen in this alpine mountain estate, the modern thermally insulated steel window and door is suitable for any environment.
Stylistic and architecturally expressive is one way to describe the use of steel windows and doors in this contemporary estate. The colossal custom corner steel window effortlessly contours the home’s stone exterior, and is sure to provide several decades of architectural richness and resilience.
Traditional lineal divided lites make this hallway architecturally interesting while opening the entire wall to let the natural light illuminate an otherwise narrow space. Specialized placement of windows and doors optimize natural light for thermal comfort, and reduce electricity costs.
The new look of Pottery Barn, showcased here at the Corta Madera store, merges 11-foot tall industrial style steel windows and doors with classic architectural elements. The redesigned luxury storefront embodies the modern farmhouse style so popular in today’s architecture, and signifies the streamline appearance and versatility of the modern steel window and door.
The physical elasticity of steel, as a framing material, is essential for crafting custom shaped windows and doors without compromising the structural integrity of the product. The steel “walkable skylight", depicted in this artist inspired courtyard house, provides structural reinforcement while also accentuating the graceful curve in the roof.
The modern steel window and door, fabricated with the highest quality design features and technologies, are sure to outlive their historical counterpart, and provide architects a broad palette of design choices and functionalities. Experience the evolution of thermally broken steel windows and doors!