Project Name: Irish Glasshouse

Location: County Laois, Ireland

Date Completed: December 2018

Interior Designer: Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design, Los Angeles

Architect: Simon Noddings – de Blacam and Meagher ARCHITECT

With a brief to design and build a classic and timeless conservatory that would be in keeping with the architecture of the property whilst remaining unobtrusive to its surrounding landscape, Marston & Langinger were enlisted to create a calm, unique light-filled room for family and guests to meet, relax and enjoy the great outdoors; blurring the boundaries of the garden and the internal space, irrespective of the unpredictable Irish weather.

Despite the proposed size and grand internal structure, the building needed to sit proportionally to the main house, being subservient to the mansion but also cohesive within its setting. Frame colour was to play a critical part in the overall design consideration, allowing for a look-through effect, blending the barriers between the inside and the outdoors. The ability for the material and finish to withstand the elements for many decades with minimum maintenance was key, however, this was not to compromise the classic lines of a traditional structure. To enhance the design further, bronze furnishing was specified to complement the beautiful dark powder-coating of the structure.

In terms of use of modern material, Marston & Langinger have pushed the boundaries of design and engineering, to arrive at a classic elegant design that is in keeping with the grandeur of the estate, whilst transforming an unused space into a highly desirable room, now the heartbeat of the home.

The design of the structure enables a precision engineered solution to interface seamlessly with the main house, whilst offering minimal disturbance to the existing facades and fabric and in fact, the design utilises these features as part of the internal decor.  All aspects of future maintenance have been considered without compromise to the overall aesthetics.

Marston & Langinger used robust survey details combined with the latest 3D CAD technology to enable precision design, engineering and manufacturing techniques to be carried out – specialist steel and aluminium fabricators were required to create the framework of the barrelled roof, complemented by meticulously formed double glazed units.

The images only show the outstanding final result. The complete team involved including the client were part of a journey that demonstrated the highest quality of communication and diligence from inception to completion.