Doors date back from the ancient Egyptian era. There are paintings which serve as historical records of door architecture. The climate in Egypt was hot and dry enough, that there wasn’t any fear of warping. The wood used for doors were just that, slabs of wood on hinges.
In most places, due to change of temperature and humidity, doors usually have to be framed.
Other historical records of doors include King Solomon’s temple doors. These were made of Olive wood, as were many doors of the past. In India, there were ancient stone doors found. These had pivots on each end, which then fit into sockets. These doors swung open and shut, similar to saloon doors of the old west, but not as quickly.
The Greeks and Romans used many styles of doors; single, double, sliding, or folding. These doors, as well as many others found throughout Europe’s past, were made of bronze. This seemed to be the going material for doors, according to historical records.
Doors of today can be made of just about any material found on Earth; wood, metal, plastic, glass, paper, and even fabric. They usually serve the purpose of keeping something in or out. There are interior and exterior doors, automatic and manual doors, real and false doors.
The best way to enter and exit a room these days is by tapping panels that flip and fold in on themselves to magically reveal the entrance.
The Evolution Door prototype was created by Austrian artist Klemens Torggler.
Each version of his so-called ‘flip panel’ kinetic system is made up of squares and rods strategically placed in ways that make the doors appear to fold in on themselves like paper.
In 1970s the first most heaviest door (44 ton) was constructed to protect the Livermore laboratory entrance, it was 3,6 meter wide and 2,44 meter depth.
Doors can be fun. No seriously they really can. The Ping Pong Door functions just like any ordinary door except there’s an inner panel that flips down to make a ping pong table. Pop the little plastic net on and get your paddles ready. The only requirements are the adjacent rooms have enough room for you to play in. The only downside is one side of the door looks normal while the other is bright green. Try fitting that into your home decor.
How about having a chalk door in your bathroom or kitchen? It’s cool and a great way to leave notes of inspiration, messages or reminders.
There are many unique and even weird doors have been created by modern designers.