Spectacular Wave Door Is Deceptively Complex

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If you're going to have a door as elaborate and beautiful as this, you'd better have a damned impressive house for it to open into. Otherwise, it's all disappointment once you cross the threshold.

This door, created by Matharoo Associates for a diamond merchant in India, is flat-out crazy. It's 17 feet tall, five and a half feet wide, and is made up of 40 sections of Burmese teak. The door uses a counterweight, 80 ball bearings and 160 pulleys to create the incredible effect of reconfiguring into a sinusoidal curve when you push on any one section. Amazing.

[Architectural Review via FastCompany]

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Gorgeous, yes.

But 40 sections of Burmese teak? I'm guessing that thing weighs in the neighborhood of 1-2 tons. God forbid the hinge breaks when someone comes knocking, or you've got a slam-dunk wrongful death suit on your hands.

And, if you can afford this door, you've got some very deep pockets for all the lawyers to go digging into.