In Japanese architecture there are kinds of traditional Japanese sliding doors that function as dividers of spaces. Its main characteristic is that they are made with a wood structure. And then sheets of translucent paper call with washi. Shoji calls tend to be open by sliding or bending in half. Thus occupying much less space than a traditional door. Advantageous aspect for this type of culture where space is so valuable. Although this type of door strongly identifies the Japanese architectural style, it has become popular in the West, finding different variations in its style and materiality.
A traditional japanese sliding doors is compose of a series of internal divisions that handle a specific modulation. This responds of course to the need to glue the sheets of paper to the structure. These divisions are usually arm with a structure of small wooden slats. All tied to a thin wooden frame that rolls on very simple guides that allow the movement of the doors to be quite simple.
This type of traditional japanese sliding doors leave us an important teaching. We must understand well the techniques, problems and traditions behind a design before we can reinterpret it. Adapting to our needs such a traditional type of design can be a double-edged sword. Therefore we must be clear about the origin and the objectives we want to achieve.