Belle Mer Wedding Facility

Project Location

Newport, RI

Architect

Tappé Associates, Inc.

Product

SL70

Case Study: Belle Mer Wedding Facility

"This six-acre site and it's two banquet halls" were designed to accommodate weddings and similar large functions regularly," says Ben Gathright, marketing director for Tappe Associates, Inc., the architectural firm hired to renovate Belle Mer, near the scenic port town of Newport, Rhode Island. "For the renovations of the two existing buildings, a large addition and extensive site improvements, the client wished to leverage the surrounding natural beauty by blurring the line between interior and exterior space."

Create Year-round Indoor/Outdoor Venue Spaces

This was especially true of the Water Salon, Belle Mer's premiere venue. The owners of the hospitality facility envisioned completely opening one wall that faces the Ocean Lawn area. Enclosed with glass, it would provide spectacular views in any weather, year-round; opened up, it could invite in sea breezes and salt air.

"While there are a number of manufacturers whose systems might have been adequate, NanaWall's reputation inspired our confidence – and the client's trust."

This elegant vision would have to be backed by durability, however: Not only would the glass wall need to retract daily to accommodate the venue's changing schedule, but the system would have to endure the powerful storms of Atlantic winters. In the end, Tappe's design team specified a customizable SL70 aluminum framed folding system, along with matching transoms, in white framing to match the Water Salon's soft white, minimalist elegance. The 37 monumental outswing panels feature thermally-broken engineering for energy efficiency and occupant comfort.

Before specifying NanaWall for Belle Mer, Tappe's team considered other options, though few offered the folding wall system's flexibility and ease of use. But ultimately, the designers and the client went with NanaWall because of the brand's prominence. "While there are a number of manufacturers whose systems might have been adequate, NanaWall's reputation inspired our confidence – and the client's trust," concludes Gathright.

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