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Contemporary Glasshouse, England

Milton Keynes-based design practice Oliver James Garden Rooms have completed the Buckinghamshire Glasshouse project. Completed in 2012, the contemporary garden room has been shortlisted for an International Design & Architecture Award. The stunning building can be found in Buckinghamshire, England.

The contemporary English glasshouse is a beautifully functional, glazed garden room extension that has transformed a residential Buckinghamshire property by using a bespoke vaulted ceiling topped with a glass atrium.

The design brief was that the client desired a luxurious extension that was flooded with light and open to the rest of the house. The design needed to highlight a beautiful garden, integrate this seamlessly with the rest of the house and be useable 365 days per year.  The challenge was to create this in a north-east facing space at the reverse of this residential property.

A key aspect of the project was the vaulted ceiling that runs directly into the glazed roof atrium which creates a stunning effect and is the perfect example of architecture in glass. The whole creation sits on an internal steel structure which had to be craned in one piece over the highest part of the house in order to form a framework for the entire garden room.

The design works so well because several metres of bi-folding doors on each exterior wall create seamless integration between the garden and the interior.  This enables one whole corner of the garden room to open up completely – creating a space with infinite views topped with a glass atrium that appears almost as though it is floating like a canopy above.


Thanks to the superior glass technology employed and the insulation properties used in construction, the resulting garden room is never too hot or too cold and works as an open plan space all year round.  The design fully utilises new technology whilst retaining all the traditional technical building expertise to create a truly breath-taking, imaginative, yet highly functional room.

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October 29, 2012 | Property | View comments

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