February 13, 2008

Window frame that transforms into a balcony

Bloomframe is a window frame that can be transformed into a balcony. Designed by Amsterdam-based Hofman Dujardin Architects, the Bloomframe balcony offers a flexible living environment by making it possible to extend the domain of one’s facade. The dynamic balcony can provide additional outdoor space to compact apartments in urban high-rise areas.

The Bloomframe balcony can be operated automatically in one movement and with a single control. The drive consists of an rpm-controlled electric motor that operates the balcony at two points via an auto-braking reduction (drop safety), and the movement is transferred by tie rods from these linear guides. The system includes provisions to guarantee against collapse during opening and closing; the fully open position is limited mechanically, which guarantees optimum safety of the converted balcony. The application of a combined powered and mechanical movement makes the system user friendly and easy to open and close.

Contact: Hofman Dujardin Architects, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

For more information, see Transmaterial 2: A Catalog of Materials That Redefine our Physical Environment

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