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26 Aug 2021 by NZ Fire Doors
Typically, Fire Doors are often considered inflexible in regards to the amount of customisation there can be.
Recently, a number of project architects have asked for help to achieve their design intent. Some common requests include;
- Can I have a panel design recessed into the door leaf using natural veneer?
- How do I seamlessly integrate the design of timber cladding applied to both the wall and your fire door?
- Can I have a stepped design in the door jamb using hardwood timbers?
All of these requirements have been utilised on recent projects using NZFD's 30 and 60min fire rated solid core timber doorsets. Each option was designed and tested for its buildability and formally assessed by a fire engineer to maintain the fire certification. Each option was considered an acceptable variation to a 30min full scale fire test conducted by NZFD.
The recently completed QT Hotel in the Viaduct uses a double veneered panel design creating a recess to all 30min rated unit entry doors. The images show the use of American White Oak veneer applied to the fire rated door panel, then overlaid with a separate 6mm MDF veneered board to create the look. The veneer is cross grain, with the opposing door face to the inside of the room stained to suit the room aesthetic.
A steel split jamb powder coated black was chosen for these doors due to its durability for maintenance purposes. Along with the clever use of the lighting, the contrasting industrial black frame and panel veneered leaf create an innovative feature.
Another unique feature door, was a bi parting entry door into the hotel. While not a fire door, NZFD were tasked to build the bespoke door which was fixed to a Dorma sliding unit. Individual American Oak timber boards were fixed to a an aluminium sub frame and finished with brass inserts. The boards were stained to suit the designer's aesthetic. Contact NZ Fire Doors to see what might be possible.