This breathtaking marvel of modern design was custom-made for an Indian diamond merchant (natch) out of 40 individual sections of Burma teak. Each section is carved so that the door integrates 160 pulleys, 80 ball bearings, a wire-rope and a counter weight hidden within the single pivot. Stacked one above the other in the closed position, each plank can then rotate by a simple push causing the door to reconfigure into a sinusoidal curve. The door was one of four Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Award winners, a prize which honors “the best pieces of design by young architects from across the world.”
Well deserved to say the least.