From Kraus to Orbis: The Two Window Designs of Armin Kraus between Vision and Practicality

Ing. arch. Alexander Kuric

Although the Kraus window, unique for its opening mechanism and an unusual combination of wood and steel, represents one of the most intriguing window designs of interwar Czechoslovakia, it was not without issues. It suffered from draft, which together with a high price caused commercial struggles and forced Armin Kraus, its inventor, to later come up with a greatly innovated design. This second window, Orbis, was in many ways simplified yet didn't give up on several unique technical aspects. However, through complications that were outside of Kraus' control, the Orbis window too struggled on the market, and thus never managed to reach the level of prominence of the first design.

Za obsah této stránky zodpovídá: prof. Ing. arch. Petr Vorlík, Ph.D.