Northport Residence

Project Location

Northport, NY


Winter & Associates



Case Study: Northport Residence

Northport adjoins a small harbour on the Long Island sound. Similar to other North Shore towns, the topography is dramatic: Steep hills and protected marshland and woods ensure the enclave remains secluded – and pretty.

Not surprisingly, many famous artists, athletes, musicians and writers populate this pint-sized village, just 50 miles east of Manhattan. A recent addition to this prestigious community is Tom Winter Architecture’s spectacular residence for Laura and Anthony Burke. The highlight of this modern house is an indoor/outdoor pool with a dramatic NanaWall system.

NanaWall was the best solution for a conditioned indoor/outdoor space for numerous reasons. Northport, like most northeastern communities, has vast weather fluctuations. The homeowners wanted to use the pool year ‘round, but still wanted be connected to their gorgeous environs.

The backyard slopes down to the Northport harbor, says Tom Winter, principal of his namesake firm, noting that the NanaWall system “surrounds the pool house on three sides, unfolding into a dedicated closet in the back wall,” he says. “The ceiling was glass, so whether opened or closed, the Burkes would feel like they were completely outside.”

“Being an architect with a German background, I appreciate NanaWall Systems' perfectly and precisely engineered operable doors."

German Engineering

Winter did not consider other operable glass wall products. “Being an architect with a German background, I appreciate NanaWall System's perfectly and precisely engineered operable doors. We chose NanaWalls at the North Shore residence because they’re aesthetically appealing with thin frames, high clear openings and invisible locking hardware,” he continues. “The doors retract completely into a closet, leaving an entirely unobstructed opening.”

Virtually Unlimited Number of Panels

More than that, says Winter, “The competition was not able to do the continuous, 85-foot opening that wraps three sides of the pool.”

The architect adds that he was “particularly happy” with the metallic frame finish, which “integrates seamlessly into the exposed steel structure. NanaWall Systems provided a great engineering service and all the technical solutions making us extremely satisfied customers, he sums up. “We will always use them for large openings!”

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