he architect for this newly constructed home had already
designed a conservatory for their client who wanted a room
that she could use not only as a display greenhouse but also a
quiet getaway from the bustle of her family.
When we met with them, she expressed an interest in an old
world "industrial" aesthetic that seemed impossible to find from a typical
Together, we poured over books of old buildings and historic,
old world greenhouses until we felt that we understood the direction to
take in the design of the new room. We produced sketches of several of the
ideas along a concept to build the main structure out of steel plates welded
together then "skinned" with a lightweight wood window wall system and topped
with a glass roof - much in the same way a great conservatory might have
been built over a hundred years ago.