Space is a serious problem in modern office buildings or apartments, where rooms are getting smaller and smaller. The doors, for instance, are hard to place in tiny compartments, such as bathrooms and storage spaces. Architects and designers do their best to assure the aesthetic part of their projects without compromising functionality. Often, when the space is small, instead of the traditional doors, sliding doors are used, with their inherent inconveniences. None of these solutions is ideal. With this in mind, the Italian company Celegon has created a “rototranslating" ERGON door.
Rototranslating means the door, when it is being used, describes a movement that is simultaneously rotating (like conventional doors) and sliding. Technically, the concept is simple yet brilliant. The doors equipped with this system take up half the space used by conventional doors and can be opened from left or from right, alike. These are important advantages when you consider they are being used by children and people with reduced mobility, in wheelchairs, for instance.