Already synonymous with style when considering automatic door systems, and available in this country through Record (UK), Blasi has now taken elegance and minimalism to a new level through the introduction of its Façade Sliding Doors.
The large and bespoke Blasi FST30 IPS and APS Façade Sliding Doors are expected to find applications in bars, restaurants, hotels and high specification office buildings, offering as they do a genuinely open and transparent aesthetic from a glass wall which can then be slid aside automatically.
Up to 3m in height and offering a maximum leaf weight of 600kg, the new sliding doors are available with a wide choice of glass specifications and framing materials. Importantly, the Record Blasi Façade Sliding Doors are completely flush when closed, but will move straight aside as single, double or even telescopic arrangements.
While the 50mm thick IPS version will use a printed fret to conceal the members set into the glass cavity, giving a frameless appearance, the APS model can incorporate most types of door within a perimeter frame.
For instance, while most doors are expected to be fabricated in aluminium, the first installation in London, accessing the 30th floor terrace to the new (Heron Tower) office building rising near Liverpool Street Station, steel has been specified to resist the wind pressures. Timber and PVC-U frames could also feature.
One of the secrets to the FST30s slender sight-lines is the manner in which Blasi has fitted the automatic opening gear within the frame area, while the track also is hidden in the floor, with a depth of just 30mm. Powered by a single phase supply, the operation will normally be via a dead mans key switch to prevent unauthorised opening or closing.