Operable Partitions

Threshold of Innovation

Lualdi’s Edge by Marco Piva, is a door and wall system born from the desire to shape an object that is usually considered “flat,” such as the door, creating a volumetric effect and providing a new visual importance with functionality. Through the cut of the panel, the door becomes a work of art: a frame within a frame, a new, three-dimensional structure in what is normally considered a two-dimensional body, which plays with the lights and shadows of the environment in which it is placed. 

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Overlay designed by Birsel+Seck for Herman Miller

Movable Walls

Overlay by Birsel+Seck for Herman Miller are movable walls that can be used to create freestanding rooms, give shape to open or divide areas. It can create an enclosed meeting space—complete with a door. Unveiled at NeoCon in 2018, Overlay's movable walls can be used to create free-standing rooms, give shape to open spaces or simply divide areas. A three-sided workspace can create a designated niche, or four Overlay walls can create an enclosed meeting space—complete with a door. Overlay frees up time and funds in an office renovation budget: two people can move it in two hours; and at $350 a linear sq. ft., it is half the cost of demountable walls.   

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Open for Learning

At Booker T. Washington Elementary, operable glass walls provide a flexible solution that reflects the school’s focus on transparency and collaboration. A 21st-century learner demands a 21st-century classroom. This was the challenge solved by Cannon Design for Booker T. Washington Elementary School, a 63,000-sq.-ft. science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) academy located in Champaign, Ill. Serving 225 students, the school is separated into three academies, each further stratified into three learning studios for each grade that share a communal gathering space. Operable glass walls would enable multiple room configurations and sizes without building additional space. “This fle

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Adding Flexibility

UW-Madison’s Varsity Room needed operable panels that were easy for student staff to operate and attractive enough to complement its prairie-style design. A LEED Gold project, Union South at the University of Wisconsin-Madison hosts hundreds of university events per semester; the Varsity Room is one of the most-used spaces on campus due to the university-run hotel located within the facility. Union South designers were looking to add operable walls to divide ballrooms and act as a sound barrier. The Frank Lloyd Wright prairie-style-inspired architecture of the Union South combines beauty with optimal flexibility.

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