Orangeries differ in their creation of customary conservatories. Their wide pilasters and cornices clearly reveal even today their origins in the classical over-winter glasshouses for valuable exotic tropical and subtropical plants. At that time big glass windows provided enough light in the plant house. Later the glazed roof lanterns were added.
As for the last hundred years the standard flat roofs on orangeries still create the same bright and friendly atmosphere. Indeed, modern materials and insulation glazings allow meanwhile to turn the elegant buildings to a stylish living space instead of just a pure winter lodging.
Orangery built with mortar
Orangery with narrow cornices
Orangery with wide pilasters and screens
Orangery detail screen and capital
Today's conservatories have their origins in the beautiful plant- and palms-houses of the past epochs. These constructions consisted completely of simply glazed, undammed steel profiles. Besides, form and size could have varied according to the intended purpose and social status of their owner – from a simple greenhouse for cultivating plants or for the breeding of orchids up to the representative palm houses of royal gardens, which we can admire in Schönbrunn, London-Kew or Brussels even today.
When it comes to the creation of today's conservatories there is hardly a limit to be set. Starting from simple desk- or saddle roofs up to conservatories with hipped roofs combined with decorative gable elements or roof top lanterns, there is a huge number of possibilities. The simple glazings of past greenhouses have given way to modern insulating glazings with noble gas fillings in the disc space. Now, together with effective airing systems, all-year-round usage for most different needs and purposes is possible.
The bright, light-flooded orangeries and conservatories can be used in many different ways. The classical use as an enlarged living space for comfortable and restful hours inside of the sea of rich green plants remains of course very popular. Romantic evenings with crackling open fire and a starred sky view above are also a very attractive option as well as a social get-together with friends and family, surrounded by nature and, nevertheless, completely protected. The kitchen as a residential centre shifted into the conservatory is very popular as well: Either as a cooking island under the filigree glass roof or using a large dining table as an extension to the open kitchen – et voilá, a new favorite place of guests and inhabitants is created!
Additionally, a fitness- and wellness area fits ideally into this space bathed in light. As a sunny place to relax after a sauna or turkish bath, a conservatory provides the perfect atmosphere. If you are planning a swimming pool, there is no need to banish it into the cellar anymore; instead you can place it into a conservatory. The fascination for the elegant, glass constructions does not have to be limited to the private area only. No doubt, a conservatory provides an architectural upgrade for every restaurant or hotel, but also other locations are full of options to be explored. The glazed enlargement of the guest space offers the perfect elegant setting for family celebrations and wedding receipts as well as ideal conditions for conferences and events of every kind.