Stunning glass door hardware wins innovation award

A minimalist hardware system for glass doors has taken top prize at the biennial Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards, organised by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) in association with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The TECTUS glass hardware system, created by Simonswerk, has been designed to maximise the light coming through glazed panels by swapping large hinges and handles for more discreet finishes.

Typically, door hardware installed on to glass doors use bulky patch fittings which can impact on the final finish. The TECTUS glass hardware system uses a concealed hinge system, magnetic closure and handle. No glass processing is required to add any elements of the system to the door.

Douglas Masterson, technical manager of the GAI, said:

“In terms of innovation, this product was head and shoulders above the rest. Ironmongery for glass doors can be a problem area for architects and specifiers as the hardware options available don’t always compliment more minimalist designs, but this TECTUS glass hardware system takes that obstacle away.”

Two products were awarded joint second place: Guardian by Exidor, and Smart Entrance by Hafele UK.

The Guardian is an electro-magnetic door closer. It has been designed specifically to meet the needs of residential rooms in care homes. It has an inbuilt anti-slam function that has been developed to control and slow the motion of the door. The Guardian closer uses hydraulics to offer a low level control on the door, which stops it from drifting from its open position, at the same time allowing it to operate freely to the user.

The Smart Entrance by Hafele is a touch-to-open latch system consisting of a set of designer flush / low projecting handles with an electronic mortice lock. The technology used is similar to the use of touch lamps or smartphones. Touching the Smart Entrance handle activates the electronic mortice lock to retract the magnetic latch bolt to allow the door to swing open. When the door is closed, the magnetic latch bolt shoots into the magnetic striker supplied.

Third place was given to ASSA ABLOY for the DC700G-FT Security Cam-Motion Door Closer. It has the function of a Cam-Motion door closer with access control, and has been designed to be multifunctional by having delayed action and hold open options. The DC700G-FT Security Cam-Motion Door Closer also avoids secondary bracketry (z-angles) for the locking device to improve the final appearance of the door, and includes Cam-Motion® technology, extended mounting plate and integrated latch bolt and extended guide-rail with integrated escape door strike.

The best new product design and innovation award was sponsored by allgood.

This is the first time that specific ironmongery products have been recognised at the Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards. The ‘Best new product: design and innovation’ category was created to celebrate new door and window hardware products, allowing advancing technologies to be fully showcased and recognised.

The Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards also reward excellence in the specification of architectural ironmongery, and projects are nominated for one of four categories: commercial and hospitality; public health and education; residential; and international.

David Stacey, president of the GAI, said:

“The Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards are unique because they reward the whole specification team, highlighting the importance of that professional partnership between architect and architectural ironmonger.

“These awards underline the importance of using qualified and experienced architectural ironmongers as the driving force in creating ironmongery schedules that are not only technically correct but also fundamentally affect the way a building looks and performs. Those ironmongery schedules help architects and clients minimise risk and achieve their aesthetic vision.”

Find out more about all of the winning projects on the GAI website.

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