At Inertia, our designs can sometimes be limited by the products that are locally available. This is particularly true with windows. Luckily, we've had the opportunity to work with Gaulhofer Canada on a number of projects. Gaulhofer's windows have significant performance and design advantages, including the ability to have significantly larger windows and sliding doors.
Last week, Inertia had a chance to tour the Gaulhofer Window factory in Übelbach near Graz, Austria. In the gallery above you can see images from the factory, as well as from some projects in Graz that are using Gaulhofer's windows and doors.
At one of these projects we saw a great use of their lift and slide doors (image above). On one side was a narrow door and on the other was a wider. This is perfect for weather you just want to slip out to barbecue with the small door, or if you want to invite the outdoors in with both doors.
One of the most interesting discoveries we made was that Gaulhofer can integrate exterior shutters or blinds into their windows. These block out solar gain far more effectively than interior blinds, and also can be used to control privacy and/or security. They can be operated mechanically with rods or straps, or they can be operated with a remote control. They also have retractable bug screens, which are perfect for winter when you don't need them.