West Bloomfield Residence

Project Location

Bloomfield, MI


Des Rosiers Architects



Case Study: West Bloomfield Residence

Derosiers Architects earned a commission to design a new house on Pine Lake, an upscale township in Oakland County, Michigan. Early on, the homeowners presented a specific design request: They hoped to include a conditioned and modern indoor pool, but it had to be open to the outdoors during the summer months.

Simply put, it needed to seamlessly mesh a planned zero-edge pool with their view of the shimmering lake. The solution was clear: The West Bloomfield pool house would receive a vanishing insulated-glass wall, by NanaWall.

Lou DeRosiers, principal at DeRosiers Architects, chose NanaWall for similarly transparent reasons: First, it reliably retracts and closes, with little client effort. Second, it allows for joining the inside space with the Pine Lake shore. Third, the opening allows daylight and fresh air to filter into the room when the walls are open, but when closed the pool room can withstand the harshest of Michigan winters.

Numerous Style and Design Options

Amazingly, the homeowners have the unique ability to swim indoors when snowflakes settle silently onto the patio.  During a swim, says DeRosiers, the homeowners can enjoy seeing the snow piled two feet above their extending arms.

Just as important, “NanaWall offered so many options,” DeRosiers says. “We were able to choose the ideal door system based on the style options. It is designed to slide away all summer into a dedicated niche, and the doors all slip towards the niche in one direction.”

“NanaWall has the best closing and sealing system of all manufacturers.”

German Engineering

DeRosiers has a long history with the NanaWall product line. Five years ago he traveled to Germany with nine other prestigious architects to see NanaWall’s factory. He was “totally blown away by the tests at the absolutely gorgeous plant,” he said. He witnessed windows shot with 100 mph jets of water. (Impressively, not a drop entered through the windows, he recalls.) Consequently, DeRosiers never even considered other competitors for the Pine Lake project, because “NanaWall has the best closing and sealing system of all manufacturers.” DeRosiers should know; he has installed the product many times and will continue doing so.

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