A key signature of an orangery building is the bold colonnade effect. If missing this element, you are left with a glazed structure without architectural merit or identity. An orangery will typically feature wide classical pilasters flanking each window or door set, often mirrored internally.
With a true orangery, the construction will house an inset roof within the surrounds of a secret gutter concealed externally by the entablature.
A well-designed orangery, whether small or large, should always follow the 'Classical Orders of Architecture'. This determines the scale and proportion of individual elements such as entablature depth, column widths and heights, fenestration and glazing detail, all in relation to one other.
Orangeries have a shallow roof pitch giving the effect of a diminished roof and creating a profile that is less imposing and more suitable to fit in with certain architectural styles.
The most typical design of an orangery features an inset roof with double glazing set within fine glazing rafters. As with a conservatory, this construction allows natural light to flood into the room, but the perimeter ceilings offers more shade and lighting options to create a unique atmosphere unlike any other room in the house.
We regularly design and build bespoke orangeries with a traditional solid roof construction. This is either lead covered or incorporates the use of traditional roofing materials such as slate or tile to perfectly complement the house.
Opting for a solid roof will give an increased feeling of privacy and exclusivity as well as allowing the exterior to harmonise with the existing structure.
Expertly designed traditional kitchen orangeries are the perfect solution for those requiring a spacious, light-filled room which often becomes the social hub of the household.
A kitchen orangery should consider the practical requirements of this room, providing elements of solid wall construction for cooking areas and kitchen units, and also be a comfortable yet well-ventilated environment.
Many customers prefer to create a multifunctional space by creating a dining area within a kitchen orangery which also links seamlessly to the garden for outdoor entertaining.
Learn More: Read out article on how to extend your home with a kitchen orangery extension to learn more specifically about considerations and design ideas when planning a kitchen extension.
Solid construction orangeries are a carefully designed combination of traditional build, housing sets of doors and windows with a glazed roof, usually set behind a parapet wall. Such a structure may be deemed more suitable for some properties and the traditional build will typically incorporate sympathetic orangery building materials and style to the host building.
Masonry walls will provide a useful backdrop for growing plants and allow you to position lighting, pictures and furniture to create your ideal luxury living space.
Browse our case studies of inspiring bespoke orangery extensions to help build inspiration and gather design ideas your own project.
Today, modern orangeries are grand glazed buildings which, by design and construction, differ from typical conservatories. To understand both the meaning of and distinction between the two structures, read our article on the difference between a conservatory and an orangery.Read Article