Six Reasons To Invest In High Quality Windows and Doors

Choosing high quality windows and doors for your home can be a time-consuming business. Ideally, it will be something you only do once every few decades. This is why it’s important to do it right. With so many factors such as glazing, frame materials, soundproofing, and security to take into consideration, it can be difficult to know that you are choosing windows and doors which not only look good, but perform well. 

As window and door technology continues to become more innovative and efficient, more choices means more opportunities to get windows and doors which look and perform exactly as you want them to. Here at Open Architectural Windows and Doors, we don’t believe you should have to sacrifice aesthetics in favour of functionality and performance, or vice versa. So, we’ve put together a list of the top aspects you should consider when investing in high-quality windows and doors.

1) Holistic Design Approach

Every time we look out through a window, we’re also looking at the window itself.  It is also worth noting out that not only are windows the way we look out at the world, they’re also how the world looks in and sees us. Modern or Traditional, your windows and doors should be made to complement your idea of a perfect home.

Furthermore, an under-appreciated fact of high quality windows and doors is the beauty they add to your home. If you’ve gone to all the trouble of creating your ideal home, why not choose windows and doors which add to the beauty of your home? Standard, run-of-the-mill windows often look out of place on elegantly designed and decorated homes. We believe that windows and doors should be one of the most important parts of your interior and exterior design plans.

 

2) Thermally Efficient Windows Save Money


Cross section of a triple-glazed steel window.

One of the primary benefits of having well-constructed, airtight windows is that they retain more heat and keep the temperature in your home more evenly regulated. This is very important in the colder months of the year. Thermally efficient, airtight windows will prevent heat loss, meaning you can consistently save money on your energy bills. On the other hand, efficient windows also ensure that your air-conditioning unit can operate effectively and efficiently.

Well-made, thermally broken windows should have a minimum of double-glazing, although triple-glazed windows will be even more efficient. Consider windows which have been filled with argon gas. Argon gas is denser than air which means that it can significantly reduce heat loss. Similarly, consider windows with Low-E (Low-Emissivity) coatings. This extra layer will increase the thermal efficiency of your windows.

 

 

3) Environmentally Friendly

 

Photograph of Passive House

 On average, 40% of homeowners’ energy bills are spent heating and cooling their homes. As you already know, thermally-broken windows dramatically reduce heat loss. By reducing unnecessary heat loss and cutting down on your energy bills, you can in turn significantly decrease carbon dioxide emissions. If cutting down on your home energy bills and being more environmentally-friendly is a concern for you, consider investing in passive house certified windows. For more on passive house windows, see our article on them

 

Furthermore, with well-constructed, high quality windows and doors, you can also expect less problems and maintenance issues over time. This can cut down the use of any extra materials you might have to invest in to help fix your windows or doors. 

 

 

4) Safety and Security

 

Image of a high quality security door with multiple locking points

Having the safest and most secure windows can drastically reduce your exposure to burglaries. In addition to being distressing, burglaries can result in financial and irreplaceable losses. Good security is an investment you do not want to cut corners on. Thanks to advances in technology, windows and doors are becoming more and more safe and secure. 

Components such as multi-locking points, anti-burglary fittings, and anti-breakthrough glass have become more popular choices amongst homeowners seeking to protect their homes and families. Unfortunately, many older windows lack many of these features and, as a result, most burglaries are opportunistic.

Burglars know they only have to be lucky once. Don’t give them an opportunity. Consider investing in up-to date, high quality windows and doors. By reducing the possibility, you are greatly reducing the probability.

 

 

5) Comfort and Control

 

Heat transmittance chart

 

An often overlooked quality of good windows is the comfort and control they offer. Badly designed, or even slightly defective windows, can create annoying, and, oftentimes, immutable problems for your home. Areas which are particularly cold in a room, near windows or doors, are known as ‘cold spots’. These are caused by low-quality windows and poor workmanship. The installation process is a crucial part of ensuring that your windows or doors are completely airtight. It should only be undertaken by professionals.

Not only is it important that windows offer airtightness, but also operable sections that allow for you to control the degree of airflow into your home. As discussed, temperature fluctuations can be unpleasant and uncomfortable. It is important that you invest in windows which help you achieve the maximum level of comfort in your home.

 

 

6) Noise-Reduction

 

 Cross-section of window.Sound Transmission Class (STC) ratings are the measure by which we determine how something—in this case a window or a door—stops the flow of sound. When choosing windows or doors for your home, it is important to do so with an understanding of what STC rating you will need. To do this, you will need to take several things into consideration. 

For people whose homes are within earshot of traffic, car horns, low-flying airplanes, sirens, construction noise, or even loud neighbors, your home will be subject to much low-frequency (i.e. loud noises from a distance). Many windows are unable to withstand such low-frequency noise. If that’s the case, then your window might only let it unwanted noise, but could also cause vibrations, too. In this instance, you would need a lower STC rating.

For some people, proper soundproofing can mean the difference in being able to sleep comfortably, even live properly, in their own home. When choosing windows, it is important to discuss your needs with whomever is designing and installing your windows.  Moreover, you should consider windows which have additional coatings and layers. This will ensure optimum sound-proofing.

 

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Finally, it is worth pointing out that, in addition to saving you money by cutting down on your energy bills, high quality windows are also an investment in your future. Beautiful windows create a strong first impression and can make your property more attractive. There is much to consider when choosing windows and doors for your home. With some careful consideration, you can find the right windows and doors for your home.

Contact us today and someone from our team would be happy to discuss your options with you.

The Beauty of Slimline Steel Windows

Front elevation of a recent OPEN AWD project in SoHo.

 Windows Worth Investing In

A Brief History of Metal Windows

Favored by designers for their strength, and sought after by homeowners for their beauty, metal windows have always been the windows of choice for those wishing to make a statement. Iron, which had been the metal of choice for centuries, was replaced by steel during the Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth century. Blacksmiths soon realized how much more beautiful and durable steel windows could be. With increased strength and workability, steel offered window-makers the opportunity to do more with less, to design windows with slimmer profiles, narrower sight-lines, and with more glass on display, paving the way for the window styles we all have in our homes today.

Although much has changed in the world of windows over the past century, quite a lot has remained the same. While homeowners can now choose from a variety of different window materials, such as vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum. wood, and wood-clad, classic metals such as Stainless and Powder Coated Steel, as well as Bronze and Brass, continue to be the most popular choices for homeowners who want beautifully slim windows.

The Enduring Beauty of Steel and Bronze

Furthermore, because of its timeless appeal, steel has never gone out of fashion. Steel windows, alongside Bronze windows, remain the most visually appealing windows. Unlike with some of the other materials, time is much kinder to steel and bronze. As these metals age gracefully over time, your home does, too. This is particularly true of bronze, whose much-admired bluish-green patina develops over time in response to the elements. As a result, this makes bronze an ideal choice for those with coastal or seafront properties.

Similarly, advances in technology have meant that it is now possible to have ultra-slim metal windows without sacrificing any of the thermal efficiency and customizability of more modern materials. In addition to this, metal windows are safer, more secure, more fire resistant, and will last significantly longer than other window types. Here at Open AWD, we are happy to provide you with Galvanized Steel, Stainless Steel, Corten Steel, Bronze, Brass, and Copper-Clad windows.

Several Steel Windows.

Beloved for its versatility and strength, steel is one of the of the most sustainable, widely recycled and reused material available. Its strength is one of its most appealing characteristics for a number of reasons. Because of its strength, steel windows can have incredibly thin sight-lines. This in turn creates slimmer profiles that would not be possible with other materials. These slimmer, less clunky joints can easily be concealed within existing structures.

Furthermore, steel windows provide a degree of flexibility that other window types simply do not offer. For example, steel can be used in renovation projects where it is important to match or recreate the historic look of a building, but also to ensure that the windows are as efficient as possible. With steel, you also have a significantly higher degree of customizability. You can choose from different frame thicknesses, new muntin designs, high-performance glass, improved weather-stripping, as well as a range of factory-applied finishes.

Exterior Line

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Glazing Beads and Simulated Divided Lites

 

Glazing Beads and Simulated Divided Lites

Cross-section of glazing beads.

Materials

 

Materials

 

Thermal Performance

 

U-Value Steel Windows

An increasingly popular choice, steel is the perfect choice for homeowners for whom thermal efficiency is as important as durability, security, and aesthetics. Our steel and bronze windows are every bit as thermally efficient as other contemporary window types. Thermally broken steel windows retain heat excellently.

Because of their strength, steel windows can be made with much thinner frames. Slimmer profiles mean more glass surface area. Today’s high-performance, thermally optimized glass means that there can now be increased amounts of glass on display within a frame, which can help heat your home.

Steel, like most other metals, has a very high thermal transmittance rate. In order to achieve great thermal insulation results in windows, thermally broken profiles are used. This creates a thermal break between the outer and inner part of the windows. This, combined with double or triple-glazed glass, energy efficient coatings, and gas-filled spaces results in a window unit with an optimal U-Value and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient. This will help cut down on heating and cooling costs and also maintain a more comfort and consistent temperature in your home.

Safety and Security

 

When it comes to safety and security, metal windows simply cannot be beaten. Other materials do not come close to providing similar levels. To get a sense of what this means, steel windows are three-times stronger than aluminum windows. Steel can bear a load capacity of up to 330lb. Steel’s natural strength means that it is an ideal choice for a homeowner where security is a concern. Our robust frames will help protect you and your home from unwanted intruders.

The Resistance Class (RC) rating is the ranking system for measuring a window’s security. Even with the most secure wooden windows you could possibly find, the RC rating will not go beyond 4. However, with steel, you can it is possible to achieve an RC rating of up to 5 or 6. Likewise, we can very easily fit steel windows with anti-burglary fittings and highly breakthrough resistant glass.

Customizability

 

Now, thanks to advances in technology, steel can be finished with a variety of treatments and paints. These will ensure that it your windows are both long-lasting and incredibly easy to maintain. These include corrosion inhibiting finishes such as galvanizing, electro-coat (e-coat) primer, powder coatings, urethane enamels and more. All of these will ensure that your windows will not need to re-painted or treated annually. A simple wipe is enough to ensure that your windows look clean and polished.

Finally,  we can finish powder-coated steel in any color. This means that we can create these windows to suit any style of home. Moreover, we can even finish our steel windows to give off the appearance of wooden windows.

Improved Fire Rating

 

Lastly, fire safety is another area in which steel windows, unsurprisingly, come out on top. Of the different materials used in standard home windows, steel is more fire resistant that wood, vinyl, or even aluminum. As a result of this, steel windows can be designed to be fire resistant for up to 2 hours, ensuring that your home and family are as safe as possible.

We are also happy to provide any sort of operable steel windows or doors depending your needs.

Contact Us Today

 

To discuss your options with one of our project managers, give us a call or drop us an email at info@openawd.com. Whatever your needs, OPEN AWD has the right windows and doors for you.

 

Picture of steel doors.

Passive House and Energy Efficient Windows Offer

Photograph of Passive House

Here at OPEN AWD, we are increasingly aware of the fact that global warming is quickly becoming everyone’s problem. As sellers of windows and doors, we realize the difference we can make is limited. However, we are constantly trying to find new ways to help you make your home more energy efficient and sustainable. This is why we are excited to introduce you to our new range of Passive House windows and doors. For a limited time only, we are offering a 50% discount on certain windows from our Passive House-certified range. If you don’t already know about what the Passive House concept could mean for your home and the environment, we have put together some useful information on it below.

 

 

 

What is Passive House?

 

Passive House is a building standard that promotes thermally and energy efficient homes. Created in Germany at the end of the twentieth century, the Passive House concept has since become the global standard in sustainable design and energy efficiency. Through a combination of extensive insulation, thermally broken, airtight windows and doors, and an energy recovery ventilation (ERV) system, your home’s heating and cooling needs can be reduced by up to 90%. The result produces a home which is extremely cost effective and whose temperature is highly regulated.

The idea behind Passive Homes is simple: achieve the maximum amount energy for the least amount effort or cost. Then, energy within the home is maintained through insulation and an ERV system. Installing  passive house-certified windows is a great starting point to cut down on your energy bills.

What Makes a Passive House Different from a Standard Building?

 

Why Do Standard Buildings Use So Much Energy?

Most homes are fitted with heating, ventilation, and air condition units (HVAC) which are used to heat and cool their home. As your home’s internal temperature fluctuates, your ventilation and cooling systems kick in, overcompensating for the temperature change by stabilizing it. Constant heating or cooling can result in significant energy expenses.

Some of the primary reasons for high energy costs are:

  • Nonairtight Windows and Doors
  • Insufficient Insulation
  • Open Fireplaces
  • Minor Cracks in the Building

This means that the average home uses uses most of the energy spent heating or cooling it very inefficiently. These HVAC systems are costly and represent an average of 40% of most people’s home energy bills.

How Do Passive Houses Work?

Passive Houses, on the other hand, retain all of this energy for three reasons:

  • Excellent, Airtight Windows and Doors
  • Continuous Insulation
  • Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) Systems.

Of these three, the single most important factor is airtight windows and doors. While ERV systems and proper insulation are important, airtight, thermally broken, triple-glazed, argon-filled windows and doors are the single most important step towards making your home Passive House-certified.

Frankly, windows will represent the biggest part of your investment in making your home Passive House-certified, but no other investment in your home will result in a greater return.

 

Cross-section of a passive house window.

Why Choose Passive House Design?

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Firstly, passive houses have a significantly smaller carbon footprint than standard homes. Accordingly, passive houses, on average, use 1.5l of oil (1.5m3) per square meter of space over the course of an entire year. This equates to spending 90% less than the average homeowner spends to heat and cool their home.

Save Money

Lastly, it is also worth pointing out that energy efficient windows can save you money. In addition to making your home more energy efficient, Passive House-certified windows increase property value. As homeowners become more conscious of the environment, the desire for sustainable homes grow. This trend is already evident in New York City. More and more developers and homeowners here are seeking to future-proof their homes.

 

Our Offer

 

At OPEN AWD, we have been providing the most energy efficient and innovative windows the industry has to offer for over a decade. This is why we would like to help you on your journey toward making your own home more efficient and sustainable.

We are offering thermally broken, triple-glazed, argon-filled windows at a 50% discount for a limited time only. This applies to 3” x 5” ($550 Fixed; $900 Operable) and 3’6” x 6” ($650 Fixed; $990 Operable). This does not include tax or shipping costs.

The offer is available until December 1 and applies to all of our customers. If you are interested, please contact us at info@openawd.com today. Someone from our team would be happy to discuss your options with you.

For more information on Passive House, please refer to the New York Passive House society, or this recent article about a recent Passive House remodel in Brooklyn.

10 Greene Street: Renovation With Luxury Penthouse

Façade of luxury 10 Greene St's luxury, rooftop penthouse.

Designed by John B Snook, one of New York City’s most esteemed architects, just over a century and a half ago, this Greene Street building, has recently undergone a dramatic interior transformation as well as a complete restoration to its historic, cast-iron façade. OPEN AWD was proud to be a part of this unique renovation project, and happy to create a series of bespoke, custom windows.

Working alongside the property’s developer, Javeri Capital, OPEN AWD helped convert its five floors into luxury apartments. Located in the heart of Downtown Manhattan’s fashionable SoHo district, 10 Greene Street is the oldest cast-iron building on its block.

 

 

Description

Greene Street is one of several blocks which make up the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District. The district is famed for its extensive and unique use of cast-iron as a central component in its buildings.

10 Greene Street features typical, double-hung windows, and three classic, solid wooden doors on its first floor. A unique, sloped skylight was also installed on the building’s rear elevation. The fifth floor and rooftop is home to a three-story penthouse. This stunning penthouse boasts an ultramodern façade, cutting-edge glazing, a walkable skylight. It also features a sliding door which leads out onto its own rooftop terrace.

Requirements

For the project, OPEN AWD were responsible for:

● Firstly, carefully reproducing the design of the original storefront doors on the first floor. This included the decorative wooden panels.

●Secondly, modernizing the windows to make them more energy efficient. This would also offer more effective protection against drafts, improve their durability and ease of use.

● Thirdly, carefully remodeling the window units and brickmold to restore the building’s historic look.

● Finally, designing custom windows for the rooftop penthouse, including oversized sliding doors, tilt and turn windows, and a walkable skylight


Interior photograph of double-hung window units installed by OPEN.

Solutions

Here at OPEN AWD, we believe that a façade is one of the most important and delicate components of any restoration project. However, the façades of many historic buildings are often the most under-appreciated and overlooked aspects during renovations. As a result, OPEN AWD ensured that every effort went into carefully restoring 10 Greene Street’s beautiful façade.

This part of the process included the installation of 39 double-hung custom windows. To begin, we used the highest quality Scandinavian Pine wood, which was painted ‘bone white’.  Similarly, we chose two-over-two lites, or six-over-six lites. We felt all of this would more closely resemble the building’s historic design.

 

 

Photographs of unique brickmold designed by OPEN.

Technical drawings for windows.

 

 

However, because of slight design issues in some of the previous window units, we approached each window unit differently during the shop drawings stage. Then, to create a seamless façade, we designed a series of unique brickmold details for each unit. As a result of this, this ensured that all gaps between the window frame and the existing opening were adequately joined.
Subsequently, OPEN AWD installed a twenty-six-foot wide, sloped skylight on the building’s rear elevation. As a result of this, we were able to incorporate the unit into the building’s original design. Moreover, we also felt that this would provide some additional light and thermal efficiency.

 

Modern Penthouse

The two uppermost floors of the penthouse were fitted with sliding doors. These doors provided a vast amount of natural light for the entire unit. Then, a walkable skylight was installed on the terrace on the penthouse’s third floor. Likewise, the skylight helped to open the space up further. Lastly, a unique frameless, floating corner window was fitted into the second-floor façade.

 

300 East 5th Street: Open AWD Breathes New Life Into The East Village

Side by side comparison of the historic building alongside its contemporary version.

Built in 1874, on the corner of 2nd Ave and East 5th Street, 300 East 5th Street encapsulated the spirit of late 19th century New York. Red-brick and five stories tall, the building featured classic heavy stone windowsills and traditional fire escape. These features would become standard throughout the city. Having remained untouched for almost a century, a storefront renovation circa the 1960s or 1970s dramatically altered its look.

The building bore little resemblance to its original design, which had been in the Italianate style. Inexpensive precast concrete siding and cheap windows had transformed what had once been a beautiful building into an eyesore.

In 2019, Open AWD was commissioned to restore the facade. Working alongside the owner, architect and general contractor, we set out to achieve their vision for what they felt the building could look like.

Updating a Historic Façade.

The scope of the project included the installation of a new storefront and cornice. In order to comply with New York City’s building code, we kept every detail from the building’s original plan. We also modernized it to meet twenty-first century requirements. After much consideration, our team decided to proceed with a premium grade, triple-glazed, cross-laminated and white-oak structure. We felt this would provide the necessary strength and aesthetics. For added security, we selected tempered, soundproofed units with thermal insulation and Low-E coating. In order to ensure that the doors might withstand the daily wear and tear of a busy Manhattan café, we installed heavy-duty, German-made hinges and locks.

Firstly, we faced many challenges with regards to the existing structural columns during the process of drafting the installation drawings. The biggest concern was seamlessly integrating all of these components into one facade. In the end, we implemented a wide variety of framing, insulating and paneling methods.

The façade belies its complex and careful arrangement of multiple layers of paneling, waterproofing and insulation. Despite its inner complexity, we strove to ensure that the exterior remained sleek, elegant, and simple.

Precautions

One can imagine some of the difficulties in completing such a project in the heart of a busy Manhattan. We were careful to ensure that all work would be performed in accordance with strict DOB codes and safety standards. As a result, a protective fence was erected around the perimeter of the site prior to the removal of the existing facade.

As we know, leaks, deterioration, and mold are classic signs of poor workmanship. If given the slightest opportunity, water will always find its way inside. Waterproofing remains the most important aspect of any facade project. Therefore, we uphold the highest possible standards while installing our windows.

Exterior photo of the building.

 

It was only after we had installed the decorative wooden panels that we felt that we had restored the beauty of the old storefront.

 

The most challenging aspect of the renovation of 300 East 5th was the replication of each detail from the original sheet-metal cornice.  Full of intricately mitered and soldered ornate shapes and curved surfaces, this phase of our project was the subject of much discussion. Following the consuming design process, we prefabricated and powder-coated each of the individual parts prior to their installation.

Exterior photo of the building.

Finally, with the benefit of hindsight, we know that there were certain aspects of this project which could have been handled differently. However, each specific site presents its own challenges. We felt it was imperative to do justice to this historic building and its owner’s wishes. Moreover, none of this would have been possible were it not for the team, with whom I would insist on working again. Lastly, a special thanks is due to the owner (R.A.Cohen), Architects, General Contractor.

409-411 Vanderbilt Avenue

Exterior shot of building's front elevation.

 

Built during the late 19th century, this house on Vanderbilt Avenue epitomizes the heart, soul, and style of Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill. The Queen-Anne-style carriage house is situated in a neighborhood once famed for its mansion rows and carriage houses. Designed originally to house coachmen and horses for an estate on Clinton Avenue, the building, having most recently been home to the Brooklyn Veterinary Hospital, has just undergone a careful restoration by The Brooklyn Home Company.

At just under 24-feet-wide, this stunning, red brick property boasts its own gated driveway and private parking. Its stately and timeless appearance which was carefully reinvigorated during the renovation process.

Restoring The Historic Façade

Open AWD was commissioned to restore the property’s façade in 2017. Working alongside the developer, we set out to help them achieve their vision for what 409-411 Vanderbilt Avenue could look like.

Firstly, Open AWD was tasked with preserving the original arch by creating custom-made steel and wooden doors. These doors perfectly embody the architectural and historical significance of Clinton Hill. Above the original arch, the building has a striking Flemish gable which conceals a luminous, sunlit living room with an 11-feet, high-rise ceiling. This feature is very much characteristic of its design period.

To begin, we installed new, simulated double hung windows. Then, we designed and installed heavy-duty double entry doors with fixed panels. We chose simulated double hung windows instead of traditional double hung. We felt they would allow us to more closely match the building’s original style. Furthermore, they also provide superior soundproofing as well as added security.

Throughout the project, we were mindful of New York City’s building code. So, as a result of this, we worked closely with the developer to ensure that we could maintain as many of the original details as possible. However, we also wanted to modernize the building to meet the needs of the twenty-first century.

Initially, we were concerned by the weight of the reinforced, triple-glazed entry doors. But, after much research, we decided to use a German-made electronic lock and heavy duty concealed hinges. These ensured that the doors could carry the load. These hinges can hold up to 650lb per sash.

At every stage of this project, we strove to maintain the simple and subtle beauty of the original façade. Whether it was sourcing materials, or solving structural or cosmetic problems, simplicity was important to our process.

Designing The Distinct Ocular Window

Without a doubt, the most labor-intensive units we designed and installed during the renovation was the fixed ocular window. Although it may not be complex at first sight, it required a lot of consideration and planning. Then, to fabricate the distinct circular profile, we used two different types of brick molds as well as muntins. These separated the divided lite windows into 45 distinct panels.

We estimate that our team spent more than 40 hours drafting and designing these particular window units in order to ensure the original aesthetic had been adhered to.

Finally, we fitted the rear elevation with elegant and extra secure steels doors.

 

Exterior photograph of building's rear elevation.

 

The Fitzroy at West 24th Street

Facade of west 24th street.

 

This building on West 24th Street, was a development which OPEN Architectural Windows and Doors was incredibly proud to be a part of. Located in the heart of Chelsea in Manhattan, The Fitzroy Hotel is one of the most unique and visually arresting buildings in its district. The façade is made up of stunning, green terracotta tile and custom-made wooden and copper window units.

Our role in the development of West 24th Street was to create the wooden window units. We did this using a special copper cladding. We also designed matching, copper spandrel panels, which complimented the window units. The combination of terracotta tile and the copper cladding created a uniform look. This highlighted and emphasized the building’s art deco design. The natural patina which develops upon copper’s surface also contributed to the architect’s vision for a dynamic, naturally-aging, or rusting look, for the façade.

 

Detail of copper-clad windows.

In collaboration with the architect, we chose a subtle but elegant, stained white oak for the interiors of the window unit. Its pleasing look brightened up the interiors and provided a neutral space for the interior decorators.

Interior windows of apartment in west 24th street.

The copper spandrel panels which we designed created the appearance of a harmonious and unbroken façade on the building’s front elevation. The spandrel panels were a combination of copper mullions, welded in single frames, and attached to a larger, copper frame. Lastly, we installed a vertical, copper fin in between the panels which unified the façade.

Furthermore, we also installed an oversized, walkable skylight on the building’s rooftop at a 15° slope. Coming in at almost 13 feet, the skylight offers magnificent views. Afterwards, we finished the skylight, which can bear an enhanced load of up to three people, with an anti-slip surface. Additionally, to ensure that the skylight was structurally sound and up to NYC building codes, we used two special, tempered panes of laminated glass.

The architect had envisioned different façades for the front and rear elevations. As a result of this, it meant that we designed the rear elevation slightly differently. We finished the rear façade with a set of oak windows with matching sills and black brick molds. Finally, we used the highest grade white oak which we then finished it with a specially developed, clear stain.

 

Facade of west 24th street.

Facade of west 24th street.

 

We know how important first impressions are. This is why we paid such meticulous attention to the entry doors. Then, for the doors, we used a combination of bespoke touches. This included the sleek pull handles and the angular, protruding panels at the bottom of the doors. We were very pleased with how we incorporated these elements into the façade.

Front doors of west 24th street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Washington Street

Nestled amongst the cobblestone streets of Northern Tribeca, Washington Street is now home to a new, luxury mid-rise residential development. Open Architectural Windows & Doors designed and installed hundreds of windows and doors for each of the forty-nine units within the building.

The combination of oversized windows and slim profiles offer unbroken views of the city. Each window and door unit is fitted with innovative, multi-point locking hardware as designed by MACO, leading European windows and doors specialists.

In accordance with NYC building requirements, each window unit was fitted with its own certified limiter. Each insulated glass unit (IGU) is comprised of a double pane of laminated glass and a sleek, black spacer bar.

Working alongside the architect, we settled on soundproof glass with an Outdoor/Indoor Transmission Class (OITC) rating of 34. We selected an OITC rating of 34 to ensure that all of Manhattan’s noise pollution would be completely drowned out.

The sleek curtain wall system on the roof terrace is made up of a unique combination of wood and aluminum. In keeping with the architect’s vision, we designed a series of black panels which created the appearance of rows of unbroken windows on the building’s exterior.

OpenAWD at the AD Design Show 2019

AD Design Show 2019 happened in New York between the 21-24 March

Now in its 18th year, the Architectural Digest Design Show drew approximately 40,000 design aficionados to interact with incredible design displays from more than 400 brands.

OpenAWD was at the event showcasing a few samples of new trendy, minimalism-inspired Window and Door Series in Wood, Wood/Aluminum clad and Steel, as well as Frameless Railings.

You can find our video here.

This event provided us successful and exciting experience. We can only wait for next year’s.

Introducing Railings System

OpenAWD Team is proud to present a new line of our products – RAILINGS SYSTEMS.

Sophisticated design, unbeatable quality, rapid assembly and excellent safety – that is what OpenAWD Railing stands for. So, take the time to discover our wide range of certified glass balustrades, baluster railings, handrails, glass adapters and glass clamps, as well as our many other innovative solutions for top-quality balustrades.

OpenAWD Railing’s system is suitable to all your needs thanks to its flexibility and a wide variety of combinations. Thanks to their modular design, you can mix and match components in any way you wish, creating truly unique balustrades. That is how, together, we bring your vision to life.