Thomas Bercy selected sliding glass walls from Fleetwood for his Austin, Texas, house. “They’re a little more expensive, but when you slide the heavy doors open, you’re making a profound gesture to leave the house and step outside,” says Bercy.
The living and dining rooms of John and Cahty Dillon's Brisbane house are joined together in one large central space. When the sliding doors on either side of the room are open, cross-breezes flow through—a passive cooling technique that helps keep the interiors comfortable in the city's sub-tropical climate.
Once past the main threshold, the Pentimento house opens up to the outside, literally and figuratively. Three courtyards built around existing trees flow seamlessly into a series of rooms with glazed walls and sliding glass doors.
On the first floor of architect Sebastian Mariscal's San Diego abode—site of the main social space, kitchen, and dining area—three of the four walls are formed by a 25-panel retractable glass NanaWall. Sliding on a hidden track and tucked out of sight in a glass storage closet, the NanaWall allows the glassed-in common space to morph into a massive outdoor living room in a matter of minutes.
The Jespersen residence sits in virtual isolation atop Emigration Canyon. With its oversize sliding glass doors, flat roof, and meticulous attention to geometric principles, the home creates a haven in the mountain wilderness.