Take a Step Through 20 Huge Modern Doors

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By Dwell / Published by Dwell
From wall-sized swinging doors to two-story roll-ups, these portals help you make a big entrance.

As a place in the home that's often overlooked, these 20 examples reveal substantial, creative, and sometimes dramatic designs that welcome you in with extra wide-open arms. 

Take a Step Through 20 Huge Modern Doors - Photo 1 of 20 - To further connect the indoor spaces with the New England landscape outside, glass walls in the living and dining areas slide open to eliminate the barriers between indoors and outdoors. Green slate tiles compose the flooring inside.

To further connect the indoor spaces with the New England landscape outside, glass walls in the living and dining areas slide open to eliminate the barriers between indoors and outdoors. Green slate tiles compose the flooring inside.

Take a Step Through 20 Huge Modern Doors - Photo 2 of 20 - Davor and August check out the yard from the living room. "The bifold Vistalite doors allow us to open the house up completely and enjoy the fresh, warm air," Davor says.

Davor and August check out the yard from the living room. "The bifold Vistalite doors allow us to open the house up completely and enjoy the fresh, warm air," Davor says.

Take a Step Through 20 Huge Modern Doors - Photo 3 of 20 - A pivoting door, also made of larch, provides a shortcut to enter the structure as an alternative to the main courtyard entrance.

A pivoting door, also made of larch, provides a shortcut to enter the structure as an alternative to the main courtyard entrance.

Take a Step Through 20 Huge Modern Doors - Photo 4 of 20 - Oriented to absorb the afternoon sun, floor-to-ceiling doors comprise two-thirds of the home’s west-facing walls, which open to an elevated deck overlooking Island Bay. Combined with extra-thick building insulation, this passive element provides sufficient heating for the home, even during winter months—a true feat given the region’s cold seasonal winds.

Oriented to absorb the afternoon sun, floor-to-ceiling doors comprise two-thirds of the home’s west-facing walls, which open to an elevated deck overlooking Island Bay. Combined with extra-thick building insulation, this passive element provides sufficient heating for the home, even during winter months—a true feat given the region’s cold seasonal winds.

Take a Step Through 20 Huge Modern Doors - Photo 5 of 20 - The highlight of the east wing entry is the oversize front door, fabricated by JIG Design Build, which swings open on a pivot hinge.

The highlight of the east wing entry is the oversize front door, fabricated by JIG Design Build, which swings open on a pivot hinge.

Take a Step Through 20 Huge Modern Doors - Photo 6 of 20 - In warm weather, the family slides open the doors to draw in cool canyon breezes.

In warm weather, the family slides open the doors to draw in cool canyon breezes.

Take a Step Through 20 Huge Modern Doors - Photo 7 of 20 - A custom pivot door by Archispec opens onto a foyer with a poured-concrete floor. The oil painting at right is by Derrick Buisch.

A custom pivot door by Archispec opens onto a foyer with a poured-concrete floor. The oil painting at right is by Derrick Buisch.

Take a Step Through 20 Huge Modern Doors - Photo 8 of 20 - The library’s entrance features massive panel doors made of tropical freijó wood. Inside, leather armchairs by Jorge Zalszupin accent the space.

The library’s entrance features massive panel doors made of tropical freijó wood. Inside, leather armchairs by Jorge Zalszupin accent the space.

Take a Step Through 20 Huge Modern Doors - Photo 9 of 20 - Thanks to clever engineering by Sand Studios, seven-year-old Macy can operate the 2,000-pound door.

Thanks to clever engineering by Sand Studios, seven-year-old Macy can operate the 2,000-pound door.

Take a Step Through 20 Huge Modern Doors - Photo 10 of 20 - Walnut doors come together to form a corner in the entry foyer.

Walnut doors come together to form a corner in the entry foyer.

Take a Step Through 20 Huge Modern Doors - Photo 11 of 20 - The wood stove is the Rondo model by Rais.

The wood stove is the Rondo model by Rais.

Take a Step Through 20 Huge Modern Doors - Photo 12 of 20 - The front door is made from re-milled old leftover beams. A custom pivot mechanism allows the weight of the massive door to rest on a tiny point, allowing for almost friction-free operation.

The front door is made from re-milled old leftover beams. A custom pivot mechanism allows the weight of the massive door to rest on a tiny point, allowing for almost friction-free operation.

Take a Step Through 20 Huge Modern Doors - Photo 13 of 20 - Architect Bill Yudchitz asked his son, Daniel, to help him create a self-sustaining multi-level family cabin in Bayfield, Wisconsin.

Architect Bill Yudchitz asked his son, Daniel, to help him create a self-sustaining multi-level family cabin in Bayfield, Wisconsin.

Take a Step Through 20 Huge Modern Doors - Photo 14 of 20 - Sliding doors cast shadows across the concrete floor.

Sliding doors cast shadows across the concrete floor.

Take a Step Through 20 Huge Modern Doors - Photo 15 of 20 - Soheil steps into the music and screening room, which is concealed behind a masonry-veneered door. "We were able to hide a lot of the square footage below the main level, but not in a way that would hurt the design," he says.

Soheil steps into the music and screening room, which is concealed behind a masonry-veneered door. "We were able to hide a lot of the square footage below the main level, but not in a way that would hurt the design," he says.

Take a Step Through 20 Huge Modern Doors - Photo 16 of 20 - A deft cross-ventilation system keeps things cool in the summer. A series of tilt-turn low-E wood window-doors by Swiss manufacturer Gautschi not only allows passage to the side yard and a bit of extra natural light but, when tilted down, permits breezes to pass through the house.

A deft cross-ventilation system keeps things cool in the summer. A series of tilt-turn low-E wood window-doors by Swiss manufacturer Gautschi not only allows passage to the side yard and a bit of extra natural light but, when tilted down, permits breezes to pass through the house.

Take a Step Through 20 Huge Modern Doors - Photo 17 of 20 - The calf leather–upholstered banquette between the grand salon and the bedroom was designed by Perret and is original to the apartment; Claus likes to imagine that it’s where Perret would curl up for a nap.

The calf leather–upholstered banquette between the grand salon and the bedroom was designed by Perret and is original to the apartment; Claus likes to imagine that it’s where Perret would curl up for a nap.

Take a Step Through 20 Huge Modern Doors - Photo 18 of 20 - The door to Eoghan Mahony’s office is set on a caster and has a hinge that runs the entire 10-foot height.

The door to Eoghan Mahony’s office is set on a caster and has a hinge that runs the entire 10-foot height.

Take a Step Through 20 Huge Modern Doors - Photo 19 of 20 - The front door is an awe-inspiring 14-foot mixed wood creation made by L.A. custom door fabricators Real Door Inc. The wood used in making the door were mostly leftovers from the shop, says Dino of Real Door Inc.; that fact isn’t clear from the artistry evident in the door’s gorgeous gentle-wave patterning.

The front door is an awe-inspiring 14-foot mixed wood creation made by L.A. custom door fabricators Real Door Inc. The wood used in making the door were mostly leftovers from the shop, says Dino of Real Door Inc.; that fact isn’t clear from the artistry evident in the door’s gorgeous gentle-wave patterning.

Take a Step Through 20 Huge Modern Doors - Photo 20 of 20 - When the team chose to preserve the function of the rolling garage door, it proved to be one of the biggest design challenges of the project. Garcia says, "We didn’t want it to roll back into the new living space because it would limit our lighting options for the room." Thus, an unconventional exterior-track rolling door was conceptualized that would not cut into the interior volume. In the backyard that was preserved in the remodel, an olive tree provides natural shade. Maintaining the outdoor area was especially important to the kids as a play area, and Anthony, an avid cook and gardener.

When the team chose to preserve the function of the rolling garage door, it proved to be one of the biggest design challenges of the project. Garcia says, "We didn’t want it to roll back into the new living space because it would limit our lighting options for the room." Thus, an unconventional exterior-track rolling door was conceptualized that would not cut into the interior volume. In the backyard that was preserved in the remodel, an olive tree provides natural shade. Maintaining the outdoor area was especially important to the kids as a play area, and Anthony, an avid cook and gardener.