Watching This “Evolution Door” Open Will Blow Your Mind

by , 02/11/14
filed under: Art, Design, Green Interiors, News

At first glance, the Evolution Door designed by Austrian artist Klemens Torggler looks like a modern barn door, and we expected it to behave the same way – by simply swinging or sliding open. Boy were we wrong. As you can see in the video above, Torggler thought way outside the box when creating this fixture. With a single touch the Evolution Door splits apart into panels, glides across the wall and reassembles itself over the open doorway like a piece of origami. It’s completely mesmerizing: we could watch it open and shut all day! Read on to learn more about how the Evolution Door achieves this mind-boggling effect.

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Although it looks solid, the Evolution Door is actually made from four separate, triangular panels. Torggler calls this system a “flip panel door” because the panels actually change places, flipping when activated to move the door into its open or closed position. The special motion “makes it possible to move the door sideways without the use of tracks” comments Torggler on his website.

Other movement mechanisms discovered during the Evolution Door’s development include a system of rods, and an epitrochoid curve, however Torggler found the triangles to be most efficient.

According to This Is Collossal, “the door is meant as a prototype, an extension of his artistic practice where Vienna-based Torggler has been creating similar kinetic doors for many years, several of which are available through Artelier Contemporary.”

+ Klemens Torggler Doors

Via This is Colossal

All images are still shots from the included YouTube Video.

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  1. Cathryn Sykes April 7, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Interesting, but what’s the point? To create a door for people too lazy to do more than make a slight push with one finger? (Okay, maybe handicapped people would benefit.) It looks like it’s made of fabric….my dogs would claw it to pieces in 30 seconds flat.

  2. Surya Prasad March 26, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    I feel there is a higher chance of getting your fingers crushed while opening or closing this door. otherwise its a great deal. Probably introduction of handles will help.

  3. Robert Sultani February 19, 2014 at 11:49 pm


  4. john copen February 15, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Ok-This is really cool. Can think of dozens of uses for same technical approach. Wonder if the designer can link multiple doors together so opening one creates a domino effect for the others resulting in a collapsible wall. That would be awesome to see.

  5. jongatto February 14, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    It’s an interesting take on a door, a fun idea …evolution? In what way?

    We are becoming ever more easily dazzled by glossy presentation. Presentation is the new product.

  6. Roger Hidalgo February 13, 2014 at 3:25 am

    Its an amazing door concep, but what about the security?

  7. benm February 13, 2014 at 12:18 am

    fantastic, love this kind of thinking

  8. Jock Doubleday February 12, 2014 at 12:54 am

    I’d work on the squeaky floor first.

  9. Jason Newman February 11, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    that is an amazingly creaky floor.

  10. chris07 February 11, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    the door is great, but please fix the floor.

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