Top 5 Homes of the Week With Distinctive Doorways

Sliding, swinging, and folding—the doors of these modern homes are just as impressive as the rest of their interiors. Take a look at the intriguing door designs from the Dwell community that caught our editor's eye this week.

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1. Quarry Bay Residence

The entryway of Quarry Bay Residence greets visitors with a full-height oak slat shoe closet with a cutout finished in brass. Lim + Lu took great care to ensure that the interior of the apartment has sweeping views from one room to another.

Interior designer: Lim + Lu, Location: Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong

From the interior designer: "The new owners are no strangers to refitting old properties. They are also a nature-loving couple with a passion for relics. Their sentiment towards the building’s old characteristics remains true. As a result, Lim + Lu decided that the chipped concrete beams throughout the apartment were to remain untouched. The faded jade and orange beams juxtaposed with the new pristine white walls complement the warm palette of oak and brass accents throughout the apartment. The aesthetic is clean, fresh, and sophisticated. Materials such as warm oak, woven wicker, and volcanic slate allow inhabitants and visitors alike to be transported to an island getaway."

2. Renton Hill Residence

Renton Hill Residence's dining room opens up to an expansive outdoor area via a massive metal door. Citizen Design Collaborative strategically integrated original and modern details to create a unique home designed to bring people together and age beautifully as the house is passed down through generations.

Architect: Citizen Design Collaborative, Location: Renton, Washington

From the architect: "The homeowners wanted to keep their family home’s existing footprint while updating the layout to better harmonize with their changing needs and social lifestyle. The design/build team worked in tandem to create spaces that paid homage to original traditional details while transforming the home into a series of modern indoor and outdoor spaces intended for living and entertaining."

3. Chocolate Loft

"We inserted a wall that passes through the unit on a gentle dogleg stretching from the hallway entry to the front of the building," says PLANT Architect Inc. A series of sliding doors in this wall makes it possible to close off part of Chocolate Loft when a second bedroom is required. The doors are mostly glazed at the street edge, and entirely wood veneered closer to the entry.

Architect: PLANT Architect Inc., Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

From the architect: "Two mathematics professors residing outside of Toronto wanted a flexible pied-à-terre in the city. They purchased a 900-square-foot loft in a former chocolate factory and asked PLANT to renovate it in a way that would enable them to use the space as either a two-bedroom condominium or a one-bedroom unit with an expanded living area."

4. Virginia House

The exterior walls on the first floor of Virginia House by 2712 / Asociados are painted in a dark, neutral color that contrasts with the bright illuminated interiors and sunny yellow front door.

Architect: 2712 / Asociados, Location: Santiago, Chile

From the project uploader: "The house is located in a social housing neighborhood from the early 1960s.  [The houses were] originally conceived in prefabricated concrete panels and wooden truss saddle roofs. The economic growth of this particular part of the city has generated continuous changes and improvements in the houses, and this specific construction is one of the few still left in its original condition, without interventions of any kind."

5. MG House

Maya Sheinberger redesigned the first floor of MG House while developing the outdoor areas of the plot. She added new windows and a large front door to fully capture the home's indoor/outdoor connection.

Architect and interior designer: Maya Sheinberger, Location: Hod HaSharon, Israel

From the architect and interior designer: "Before the renovation, the house was country-style, dark, and old-fashioned. Changing the layout of the first floor according to the needs of the family, [I] added a second floor attic as a bedroom for the eldest daughter. The colors chosen for the house are very calm, combining a great deal of wood and shades of blue and gray."

Related Reading: 14 Surprising Front Doors That Beckon You Inside, Four Enormous Glass Doors Turn This Northern California Home Into an Outdoor Pavilion

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