Glazing Vision’s Ridgeglaze roof light and modular Flushglaze fixed rooflight are bringing in essential daylight at a family home in London.
The aim of the project was to create a bright new kitchen and living space that would allow the client to enjoy their garden at the rear of the property.
Therefore, Glazing Vision was tasked with maximising the natural light with rooflights that run along the length of the new extension apex, dramatically illuminating the interior and accentuating the materials used. Exposed wooden beams and rafters give the space a bold sense of character as the oak frame creates a juxtaposition to the more modern, frameless aesthetic of the rooflights above. The garden outside is suitably framed by a large vertical pane, with the rooflights furthering the connection to the outdoors by bringing the sky into view.
By scaling up the amount of glass, Architecture WK was able to create a connection to the outdoors whilst still providing protection from the elements. To achieve this, the Ridgeglaze rooflight was double glazed with a 31.5mm silicone sealed unit comprising of a 6mm heatsoak tested toughened low-emissivity outer pane, 16mm of argon, a black warm edge silicone sealed spacer, and a 9.5mm heat-strengthened PVB Laminated inner pane.
Thicker glass was required for the multi-part Flushglaze as its flat pitch would require it to bare a heavier snow load. The optimal choice for this was a 37.5mm silicone sealed unit comprising of a 6mm heatsoak tested toughened soft coat low-emissivity outer pane, 20mm of argon, a black warm edge silicone sealed spacer, and an 11.5mm heat-strengthened PVB laminated inner pane.
This glass specification is optimal for maintaining warmth within the home. The low-emissivity coating reflects heat back into the property, while the heat-strengthened glass is designed to withstand high levels of thermal stress. As such occupants have the best of both worlds by having a connection to the outdoors without having to endure harsh winter temperatures. Through an understanding of these technical specifications, Glazing Vision and Architecture WK were able to strike the right balance between visual effect and optimal thermal performance.
This project was not without its logistical issues however, as the structure had to be built before measurements could be taken for the rooflights. So site measurements and subsequent installation were co-ordinated carefully by Glazing Vision and the architects.
Ultimately, the rooflights make the space much brighter and more inviting. “We and our clients are delighted with this light-filled space, which is exciting and experimental while being in keeping with the original house.”
Glazing Vision Ltd,
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