Why have we never taken a moment to consider the beauty of the mechanism that lifts the separate panels of an overhead garage door? There's really no faster—or elegant—way to eliminate the standoff between outdoors and in:
Above: An entire kitchen wall disappears instantly, courtesy of a simple system of tracks and rollers. Image via New York Magazine.
Above: From Seattle-based Balance Associates, polished concrete floors, frosted-glass retractable doors, industrial pendant lamps, woodburning stove, stainless utility sink, and bicycle storage.
Above: Borrowed from the garage: A picture window retracts to open a dining room to the sea in Cape Town. Images via Marie Claire Maison.
Above: British Columbia-based Place Architects used an overhead garage door mechanism to open a kitchen wall.
Above: Instant sidewalk seating: the garage door at Cravin Raven Coffee Shop in Portland, OR. Image by Cravin Raven, via Flickr.