Cars and houses

Although I don’t really know that much about cars, its engineering and beauty are remarkable many a time. The smooth way a door is opened and closed is fascinating. Wow, I’m not freaking out about doors. I’m just wondering why this kind of doors are absent from the architecture.

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Traditionally, the buildings entrances are weighted and thick. Conversely to them, the cars doors seem light and thin. Also, thieves can open a door from a building by forcing the latch, while they could hardly force a car door, if that’s actually possible. Alright, I know it’s easier to break the window, but let it move on for now.

I have pointed out three advantages from the car doors so far, which are lightness, thinness and resistance to robbery. We’d have to face the insulation problems because of both material and thinness, but there are ways to solve it, so I consider it as a minimum drawback. All of these three advantages could solve a range of architectonic problems in some buildings in and of themselves, as long as the doors were adapted. However, the main appeal I gather from the car doors is the smoothness of both closing and locking. Wouldn’t be wonderful to close the door with a simple movement of the hand? We could forget it seconds later, since the mechanism of the door would close it even if our push hadn’t been strong enough to close a usual building door. Furthermore, it wouldn’t mind whether we forget to lock the door, because it would be instantaneous. There is another advantage yet. Since a neoprene band would be necessary all round the door, there wouldn’t be insulation problems.

I admit car-like doors could have two huge disadvantages, though. The first one is economic. Nonetheless, this one is just for custom, as far as I can see. The prices of the timber and the metal vary from country to country, so it’s difficult to analyze them. Mind you, I guess the system as a whole would be more expensive than the common ones. Even so, I don’t know why a car-like system doesn’t exist for prefabricated houses. At least, I am not aware of anything similar. If it existed, the system would be produced largely and it would be cheaper.

Yet, the second drawback is worse. I am talking about the psychological meaning we associate with a housing’s door. I mean, thickness is a value you can physically touch. The door is there and it is thick. Its material is probably wood or some sort of a wooden panel, so it’s warm and that ‘heat’ funnels into your brain and is comfortable. On the other hand, a metal door could be equally hardy, even if it could be warped easily, though not broken. The cool and the feel of thinness and lightness is a pure psychological reluctance which must be faced up.

Moving back to the robbery issue, the situation is paradoxical. We could think the strongest door to withstand a thief is actually the feeblest. Perhaps this perception changes in the future.

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