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Demonstrating the Stunning Art of Imago
Just imagine relaxing in this stunning, ultra-modern home, gazing out, over the spectacular pool and patio area, to the hillside and sea beyond – and all made possible by Imago Lift & Slide timber doors.

That’s why this breath-taking villa overlooking the Italian Gulf of Imperia is the winner of the Live Outside the Box competition to find the most beautiful use of our elegant and stunning product.

We were delighted to launch the contest in partnership with Casabella, the prestigious Italian architectural magazine which places the focus on modern, radical design.
And the quality of entries was jaw-dropping … especially this winning property, which is the vision of Giordano Hadamik Architects (GHA), founded in 2012 by architect Daniele Giordano and engineer partner Nadine Hadamik.

Their design for ‘Villa Nemes’ in Liguria demonstrates to inspirational effect the spectacular opportunities presented by Imago Lift & Slide Doors, taking away the distinction between indoors and out and combining the beauty of natural timber with their calm, minimalist design.

Daniele said we’ve pushed boundaries of what is possible in glazing design. The result is an expansive panoramic glazed door that offers an uninterrupted view, brings light into a property and represents an appealing timber alternative to traditional bifolding doors.
The light-touch, silky smooth lift and slide door mechanism is incorporated discreetly, allowing Imago to open up these spectacular panoramic views without visual intrusion.
They designed the house to achieve Passivhaus energy performance values, with a carbon-zero target. It features a living turf roof, local stone facades and oak flooring, all reflecting the external natural environment.

But the chief visual stand-out is the extensive Imago cornerless glazing, providing breath-taking views over the pool, patio and beyond across the Gulf of Genoa.
The Imago Lift & Slide Doors and glazing played a key role in the project, maximising views and light. Imago also provided a 40 percent reduction in glazing costs.
Large openings from floor to ceiling are designed to create an effect of continuity between inside and out.

All the Accoya® wood frames are integrated in the structure to visually disappear, both from the outside through the natural stone cladding and the timber flooring and from the inside through the suspended ceilings and the incorporated timber furniture or plasterboard cladding to the walls.

In the living room the large 6m span of Imago cornerless glazing, with a 1.5m return, becomes one of the most significant points of the house. The hidden frame enhances the effect of lightness and transparency, framing views of the pool, the big oak tree, the patio and into the valley and the sea.

The Imago Lift & Slide Doors system also contributed to helping the property reach Passivhaus standards. To minimise any possible thermal bridge, Climatech GRP composite thresholds are laid on cellular glass board insulation, achieving a high mechanical strength, while the top and the side of the fixed glass frame are fully framed by insulation.
The lift and slide wide span door which leads onto the patio functions as a filter zone, allowing a visual continuity of the internal exposed concrete wall to the external stone wall. Imago’s unique UNI-V central interlocking profile provides a highly weatherproof and insulated seal to the outside.

With low-profile timber frames as slender as just 2cm on spans of up to 7m, Imago is the product of choice for designers who desire to put art into architecture. With beauty comes impressive practicality: Imago Lift & Slide Doors offer industry-leading thermal and weather performance, redefining what is possible from a timber door.

So even in wetter or colder climates which means large doors stay closed for most of the year, Imago’s slim design means its impact is not lessened. Unlike bi-fold doors there are no multiple frames to break up the view, creating a light-filled space.

With beauty comes impressive practicality: Imago Lift & Slide Doors offer industry-leading thermal and weather performance, redefining what is possible from a timber door.

Finally, thank you to everyone who took the time to enter our competition. We’ll be featuring more beautiful examples of properties using Imago Lift & Slide Doors in future blog posts.

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