The future of folding glass walls is here (and before long, everywhere)
Shore Hotel, the only hotel in Santa Monica to have obtained LEED Gold Certification, is a chic and sustainable luxury boutique located on Ocean Avenue’s beachfront.
In addition to sustainable design – for example, 50 percent of all construction waste was recycled or recyclable, and 10 percent of all building materials are from within a 500-mile radius – the Shore Hotel features environmentally conscious amenities and technologies, too. Among the most noteworthy are its sophisticated building control systems that monitor and adjust energy use in all parts of the facility, in addition to maximizing access to natural daylight, among other sustainable strategies.
Creating Multifunctional Space
Designed by at team of architects at the Los Angeles office of Gensler, the Shore Hotel features an SL70 NanaWall system between the pool and meeting space – a monumentally sized, thermally broken aluminum folding panel system.
According to Design Director Fong Liu, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, “The design intention was to expand the space and use the part of the pool deck as a function space. The meeting room itself is multifunctional: during the day it hosts meeting functions and, come evening time, is transformed into a lounge,” he explains. “At times the area serves as party space along with the pool deck.
The choice of NanaWall over other types of operable glass walls or competitive brands was never in doubt, according to Fong. “NanaWall was the choice from day one,” he says, for reasons ranging to reliability and LEED-level performance to the firm’s longstanding success with NanaWall.
"The Shore Hotel is located on Ocean Avenue with great views towards the Pacific Ocean,” says Fong, explaining the design solution. “By connecting the interior and exterior seamlessly without any obstructions, we are not only creating a great guest experience, but allowing the guest to enjoy the nice southern California weather, a spectacular view of the sunset, while also expanding the capacity and use of the space."
Performance and Function
In addition to the features of Fong and his team’s design schema, the thermally broken NanaWall SL70 system is an energy-efficient glass wall available with angled units of 90° or 135° if desired and in a variety of finishes and colors to match the aesthetic features of the Shore Hotel. Several functional and performance features make the SL70 an appealing system:
It’s ideal for applications where load-bearing capability of the header is a concern. The floor track on the SL70 carries the system’s main weight, while the upper track is merely a guide. The lower-running carriages ride on top of the sill rack and lie above the water run-off level, protecting the interior. The running post design offers a floor-mounted system even with a flush sill. Both inswing and outswing models with all sill options have been rated, certified and labeled in accordance with NFRC 100/200. Depending on the glass options, Energy Star U-factor and solar heat-gain (SHGC) requirements can be met for LEED-rated projects like the Shore Hotel in a variety of climate zones. Acoustics help keep the hospitality interiors quiet and enjoyable when the doors are closed. The SL70 reinforced system is also approved in the state of Florida for wind resistance – ideal for seaside projects – including segmented and cornerless units.
With various configurations and frame heights, and a heavier or thicker glass, such as bullet-resistant laminated glazing, NanaWall is ready to serve Gensler’s projects in a range of situations, for as many as 12 panels per system.
The guests at the Shore Hotel are treated to an oceanfront view regardless of what the weather holds.