Bespoke ridgeglaze creates enviable impact inside golf club hotel

  • 19 Mar 2019

A multipart Ridgeglaze rooflight from Glazing Vision was recently designed to run along the entire apex of the roof of the Machrie Hotel, providing an abundance of natural daylight.

You can find The Machrie, an 18-hole championship links golf course and 47 bedroom hotel, in the sand dunes of Laggan Bay on the west coast of Islay. The venue was extensively re-modelled and opened to the public once again back in 2014.

Hudson Architects were appointed to redesign the existing hotel, their scheme included the addition of a new south facing wing and four new lodges. A new restaurant and bar area with west facing terrace was proposed as the centrepiece of the development, and Hudson were keen to exploit the unique quality of light offered by this unique location overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Hudson Architects decided to include a large rooflight system from Glazing vision to maximise natural daylight in the restaurant and bar area and specified a dramatic Ridgeglaze modular rooflight arrangement designed to run along the entire apex of the roof.

In total, the Ridgeglaze measured 20.5 metres long and was split into individual sections of glass that run down each roof return to 1.3 metres. The lead joints in the upstand aligned with the joints of the rooflight, enhancing the neat overall appearance and internally the frames are hidden by the reveal and battening – making for a truly spectacular roof detail, which has maintained the strength of the roof, while allowing natural daylight to fill the below dining space.

It’s not only the light that is causing an impact, in certain light conditions, but the 45° pitch of the glass also reflects a distinct view of the coast when you look up at the Ridgeglaze rooflight, creating an added benefit to residents at the hotel. 

Speaking about the bespoke Ridgeglaze rooflight, Robert Mainwaring, the architect who worked on project concludes: “The finished result is excellent, one of the best elements of the project. When the ridge light was installed it set a high benchmark for the rest of the project. The quality of the product is excellent and the light that enters the space is exceptional.”



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