A Multifunctional Approach to Living with Retractable Glass Walls

By NanaWall Systems, March 16, 2022

contemporary home with retractable glass walls

If there is one thing that the pandemic has taught us is the importance of a multifunctional home. As the world reopens the lasting effects of emerging design trends rooted in optimizing the functionality of our homes while promoting healthy interiors will remain top priority. Seeking design solutions like retractable glass walls that can accomplish flexible floorplans and invite the outdoors in will be highly sought after. At this contemporary home, folding glass wall systems elevate interiors with the indoor/outdoor experience in the most frequented rooms of the home.

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Optimizing Living Areas with Retractable Glass Walls

Open concept living spaces beg for folding glass wall systems, especially when a home is the hub of everyday activities. Following this methodology, the homeowners at this residence sought a flexible design solution that could optimize their primary living space. At the same time, optimizing the views to the sprawling landscape remained a top priority. Perfectly situated adjacent to untouched wilderness, immersing the home with the environment was a no-brainer. To achieve this, the homeowners specified an eight-panel NanaWall NW Aluminum 840 with jet black aluminum frames to complement the home’s minimal aesthetic.

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Open Concept Area Begs for Retractable Glass Walls

The spacious open concept living areas are a hub or activity. From cooking up meals in the kitchen to quiet dinners at the colorful dining table to lounging in the living room. The outdoors, framed by the thin frames of the folding glass wall, becomes the art, negating the need for extravagant décor or paintings. When the walls are open, the space is immediately flushed by fresh air and the sounds of the chirping birds flying from treetop to treetop, allowing the indoors and outdoors to become one and giving way to alfresco dining without the homeowners having to leave the comforts of home.

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A Modern Work from Home Office Space

A small corner room acts as the homeowners’ office space. The minimal room transforms into an outdoor office space via two NW Aluminum 840 retractable glass walls that create an open corner opening for a one-of-a-kind immersion with the outdoor environment. The outswing panels stack neatly back against the wall and completely out of the way. The combination of fresh air ventilation, natural daylight, and minimal décor to eliminate distractions, creates the ideal work-from-home space for the homeowner.

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Finding Solutions with Retractable Glass Walls

The NW Aluminum 840 folding glass wall systems were the ideal solution that met the homeowner’s needs and design challenges of the project. The systems, capable of reaching heights up to 11 feet 6 inches and wider openings with the incorporation of FourFold and SixFold panels sets, allowed for the sprawling widths and open corner design in the project. For utmost flexibility and space optimization, the panel sets can stack to the left, right, or center of the opening and in this case, they were customized with an outswing configuration.

multifunctional approach to living with retractable glass walls

Generation 4 Folding Glass Walls by NanaWall

As a Generation 4 system, NW Aluminum 840 not only offers a new level of aesthetics with the slimmest frames available but also an array of distinctive features like the smoothest operation and a patented Bionic Turtle® design. This energy-efficient thermal break is dual-purpose and houses the system’s locking rods giving way to the most thermally efficient aluminum framed folding glass wall. The result is the slim-frame design providing more glass for maximum transparency and natural light. These folding glass wall systems have been independently tested at accredited labs for air, water, structural, and forced entry with excellent results.

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Final Thoughts

Indoor/outdoor multifunctional spaces are rising in popularity, especially as our homes become the hubs of everyday activities like work and homeschooling. Customizable NanaWall folding glass wall systems offer a flexible design solution to create multifunctional spaces on the fly that can easily open to the outdoors. Fresh air ventilation and daylight naturally flush interiors facilitating healthy residential environments and an enjoyable indoor/outdoor experience. During Winter, thermally efficient glass and thermal breaks keep the weather out and the comforts of home inside while specified swing doors facilitate transitions in and out—taking multifunctionality to another level.

Learn how other homes leverage NanaWall retractable glass walls to create multifunctional spaces and the indoor/outdoor experience in our residential applications library!