Manhattan Motorcars Hamptons

Project Location

Westhampton Beach, NY


Shawn Leonard Architects



Case Study: Manhatton Motorcars Hamptons

For a new and unusual building combining a luxury auto showroom and high-end restaurant in New York’s toney Hamptons beach towns, the owner of the car dealership required a secure yet attractive solution for opening up its ground-floor walls.

Working with the architect Shawn F. Leonard Architect of Southampton, the father-son dealer team of Arthur and Brian Miller began to give form to the unique dining and auto-viewing environment. “The project’s main focus was to design a dealership for high-end cars – Rolls-Royce, Porsche, Lamborghini and the like – but the concept evolved to include a restaurant on the second floor with a viewing platform open to the showroom below,” says Leonard, adding that the owner saw a similar concept in Arizona.

This one, however, was unmistakably original. Leonard’s design borrows automotive symbols and patterns, such as the wheel shapes and bodies of exotic sports cars and luxury sedans. “The round rotunda suggests a sports car tire laid on its side, while a nearby wall riffs on the Rolls-Royce logo on the car’s memorable front grille,” says Leonard.

The new building also needed large glass openings to show off the automobiles in stock – and they had to be operable to let them in and out. “The showroom also has a car elevator, which brings cars to the basement,” Leonard notes.

“The opening walls are reliable, durable, and energy efficient. In cold weather, the tight seal means no heat loss.”

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Opting for the outswing NanaWall SL73, with one 2L1R along with two 1L2R glass walls, Leonard was able to offer operable glass doors for pedestrians as well as a glass façade opening big enough that cars could be driven in and out. “NanaWall doors became the perfect fit, and we used them on every façade,” he explains. “And because we wanted the doors to lock securely and resist storm rains and winds, we couldn’t use sliding doors, which aren’t that great for security.”

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