Revolving doors are meant to swiftly move large numbers of people as they travel in opposite directions. Users can enter as others exit, eliminating tangles and disturbances in crowd flow. Revolving entries also act as buffers between the outside elements and indoor environment. More than decorative features, these doorways are practical and adaptable.
Location and Purpose
Stadiums, shopping centers and transit stations use revolving entries as a means of controlling crowd flow. Banks, courthouses and other official buildings employ revolving doorways for efficiency, but in these buildings, a revolving door also amplifies the building’s status of authority.
Revolving doors in Ireland can be efficient, stately and authoritative. Here are a few considerations you might want to take as you choose your building’s entryway.
Environment and Climate
The weather is an important topic of conversation in Ireland. However, our climate is fairly stable. It is wet due to frequent rain. The wind plays a factor in building design as well. Here are a few environmental and climate factors to consider when choosing your doorway’s design.
A sudden gust can cause an entryway’s temperature to drop dramatically. It’s not surprising that the first manual revolving doors were built in Germany in the late 1880s, when central heating and air were non-existent. Today’s drafts are just as capable of disrupting a building’s temperature. Revolving doors in Ireland keep out wind and are well-suited for coastal areas with limited protection and wind blockage.
Revolving entryways are designed to allow only small pockets of air into and out of a building. When the doors are not in use, they hold a firm seal against drafts.
Moisture is another problem. Swinging doors let in rain. Crowd movement also tracks in a fair amount of moisture. Revolving doorways are designed in such a way that a person can’t help but wipe their feet upon entering a building.
A variety of floor covering options such as floor mats and floor pans help remove debris, dirt and moisture from the shoes of those entering the building. A decrease in moisture and an increase in sanitation improve the building’s environment.
Scientists have found that buildings equipped with automatic or manual revolving doors experience a reduction in energy consumption as well as CO2 emissions. This cost-saving entryway helps to maintain a stable temperature in the hot months as well as the cold ones.
Glass revolving doors are clean and modern. They are also highly secure. Thanks to tempered glass technologies, doors and entryways are resistant to vandalism and breakage. For additional security, some users choose the following safety features:
- Remote control entry
- Lane lighting
- Communication interface
- Electromechanical locking
- Release-secure flange
- Access control settings
Dedicated inputs keep doors functioning even in the event of a power outage. Other emergency access measures include removable leaves and egress areas. In addition, glass revolving doors allow emergency personnel to receive a clear view of those in the revolving doorway.
Manual revolving doors are often found in buildings in need of crowd control. They are typically smaller in diameter than automatic doors. While you may think manual doors are inaccessible to some, features such as automatic positioning and power assistance allow individuals with varying degrees of mobility to enter and exit a manual revolving door.
A few other designs are worth noting, especially if you are seeking the best door for a hospital, resort or retail environment.
Doors with three leaves are more spacious than doors with four leaves. In retail environments, users prefer extra space. They are able to carry packages or stay with their group as two or more people can safely enter or exit a segment.
Automatic revolving doors turn on their own. All that is required of a user is to take the first step into the door’s footprint and the door will begin its’ revolution.
Hospitals and resorts find that wider automatic revolving doors are efficient for wheelchairs, gurneys and large or irregularly shaped luggage and parcels.
Architects and designers choose entryways that complement a building’s design and function. To encourage the use of a revolving entryway, designers might place sliding door options away from the revolving entry. Signage also informs users of the revolving doorway’s location. Signage in combination with an easily recognizable footprint encourages revolving door use.
Architects can choose from a range of diameters and leaves depending on the building’s purpose and its users’ habits. Removable leaves are an excellent solution for buildings with adaptable uses. For instance, during high-volume shopping seasons, leaves can be removed to accommodate an increase in retail packages.
To save energy, control crowds and improve security and emergency response, revolving entryways are a solid choice for retail centers, public buildings, schools, entertainment and sporting venues and health centers.