Dormers – New Build
This luxury new build allows the maximum amount of natural light to travel through the home uninterrupted, thanks to the use of various glazed elements. The oversized glazing look was achieved using structural glazing, double height installations, sliding door systems and a dramatic vertical sash opening.
A mix of opening and fixed elements ensures the property has plenty of ventilation as well as a striking exterior. Multiple sets of slim sliding doors are used throughout, granting step free access to the raised terraced area the house sits upon.
Once inside the home the glazed rear façade can be seen immediately, flooding the ground floor with natural light from all angles. The wooden staircase is accompanied by a frameless glass balustrade, adding a safety provision without detracting from the minimal, clean interior design.
The showstopper of the project was the large vertical sash window, granting garden access and providing clear views of the manicured lawns. This was achieved using the same systems as the minimal sliding doors, three panes in a vertical configuration, with the same ultra slim sightlines. The double height installation was configured with a counterweighted system. When the lower pane is lifted, the top pane is drawn down and both panes line up with the fixed centre pane.
From a distance, the glass is almost invisible from the external view, giving the illusion of an internal atrium design. The complicated structure of the vertical sash window provides the family with a sense of indoor-outdoor living. Due to the sheer height of the sash window, when open both adults and children alike can easily use it as an opening to pass through.
On one side of the rear elevation, fixed structural glazing wraps around 3 sides of the building to create a highly glazed, brightly lit living area. The use of glass as a building material brings a minimalist, luxury aesthetic. The glass is backpainted for the most minimal look, with frameless corners making an elegant design statement.
For a cohesive feel, the same minimal sliding systems were used for all rear facing openings. One of these openings follows an opening corner configuration, with two sets of slim framed sliding glass doors sliding away from a corner to reveal a completely open aperture. This configuration compliments the lounge, creating an inviting, bright space for relaxing.
On the second floor, directly above the opening corner is another opening corner sliding system, this time granting access to a balcony. Frameless glass balustrades encompass the balcony, using glass balustrades maintain a minimal look and give the appearance of a floating balcony structure. On the other side of the building there is another balcony area, again encompassed in glass balustrades for a cohesive design.
The highly glazed home features many glazing systems used in bespoke ways. All of IQ’s glazing technologies are designed to be adaptable, with the ability to meet any specialised design requirements and push architectural boundaries.
Written by Carly Coren – IQ Glass UK