The Oculus Doors are made of iridescent clear glass that, from an angled perspective, read as opaque. This illusion of opacity changes the moment a visitor comes closer and can see through the doors, especially when peering through the polished center lens.
Each door is comprised of two kilnformed clear glass panels, laminated together, measuring a total of 35″ x 75.5″ x 1.5″. A raised, central area on both sides of each door was hand-polished to create a 55” circular window that acts as a lens into the interior space.
In addition to embodying the craft of kilnformed glass, this project demonstrates the difference material can make in defining and opening a space. There are many design possibilities with glass, including texture, opacity, transparency, and magnification.
Kilnforming offers interesting and exciting alternatives to off-the-shelf, frameless glass doors. Kiln-glass is durable, structural, withstands the elements, and outlasts standard materials, all while retaining its beautiful and original integrity.