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Four tonnes and six metres height, pivoting glass doors by Studio Sculp IT

A pair of glass doors, weighing almost four tonnes and measuring six metres in height, pivot out towards the garden of this renovated Antwerp home.

Four tonnes and six metres height, pivoting glass doors by Studio Sculp IT

The twin two-storey doors – described by Belgian studio Sculp IT as "the world's largest pivoting window" – form the rear wall of the house extension, connecting a new kitchen and dining room with the garden beyond.

Four tonnes and six metres height, pivoting glass doors by Studio Sculp IT

The house had previously featured extensions that provided no connection with the garden.

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Architects Pieter Peerlings and Silvia Mertens cleared these away to create space for the new glazed addition.

Four tonnes and six metres height, pivoting glass doors by Studio Sculp IT

Their aim was to ensure that all three levels of the new structure – named LALO – would benefit from natural light and garden views.

pair of tailor-made French windows were commissioned from Swiss manufacturer Jansen, with bespoke engineering provided by distributor ODS Jansen. Fitted with insulated glass, each of the giant doors opens with a pivot rather than a traditional hinge.

Four tonnes and six metres height, pivoting glass doors by Studio Sculp IT

The simple, contemporary glass rear has the world's largest pivoting window – three metres wide by six metres high – and makes this house ready for the future," said Peerlings and Mertens, who also lay claim to having built the narrowest house in the Netherlands and the world's largest floating swimming pool.

Four tonnes and six metres height, pivoting glass doors by Studio Sculp IT

We didn't do a lot; but what we did has giant repercussions to the way of living in that house," they said.

Project credits:

Design: Sculp[IT] – Pieter Peerlings and Silvia Mertens
Engineer: ODS
Door construction and installation: Lootens Line
Manufacturer: Jansen

Photography is by Luc Roymans - Source: dezeen.com

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