"The NanaWall system provides the needed insulative barrier, while the glass reinforces the connection between the smaller and larger spaces."
NanaWall's HSW65 Wood Framed Single Track Sliding System suited this use well. Designed for use in exterior applications, the system boasts high thermal performance. When closed, the small chapel is thermally separated from the main church interior, creating the desired small chapel. The result is that operating costs associated with power for heating and cooling are much lower than they would be otherwise.
When fully open, the chapel appears not to be separate at all from the main church space, and provides additional seating for the large turnout at Christmas, Easter and other major holiday services. "The panels stow away very neatly at one end," admires Buckingham, referring to the pocket arrangement used to hide the panels from view when open.
"We've since used another NanaWall system in a similar project," Buckingham explains. "The client had seen St. Kathryn's and fell in love with the design."