In the 17th to the 19th centuries orangeries were symbols of prestige and wealth. They were fine structures with a distinguished classical architectural form that stood in the grounds of fashionable residences that were used for the growing of citrus trees.
Today, the definition of an orangery is now also used to describe a glazed building which by its design and construction differs from a typical conservatory.
To understand the distinction between the two, read our article on the difference between a conservatory and an orangery.
A well designed orangery should always follow the 'Classical Orders of Architecture', which determines the scale and proportion of the individual elements - such as entablature depth, column widths and heights, fenestration, and glazing detail, all in relation to one other.
A key signature of an orangery is the bold colonnade effect and an orangery without this element is simply a glazed structure without architectural merit or identity. An orangery will generally have wide classical pilasters flanking each window or door-set and these are often mirrored internally.
Orangeries give a shallow roof pitch giving the effect of a diminished roof and creating a roof profile that is less imposing and more suitable to certain architectural styles.
With a true orangery, the construction will house an inset roof within the surrounds of a secret gutter concealed externally by a deep entablature.
The choice in roof style can completely change the feel of your orangery and therefore is an important decision to make. A solid roof will give an increased feeling of privacy as well as allowing the exterior to harmonise with the existing structure. A glass roof will allow more natural light into the orangery and give the sense of a more open and spacious room.
We regularly design and build orangeries with a traditional solid roof construction - either lead covered or incorporating the use of traditional roofing materials such as a roofing slate or tile to complement the house. Internally, they will have a plasterboard finish and are trimmed with decorative hip beams and timber mouldings.
As described earlier, the design of an orangery features an inset roof and many of our orangery designs incorporate a glazed roof. This construction allows light to flood into the room providing a unique atmosphere unlike any other room in the house. Our designers have a wealth of knowledge and can offer advice and guide you through design options for your own requirements.
A well designed kitchen orangery is the perfect solution for those requiring a spacious, light-filled room which often becomes the social hub of the household. It has to house the practicalities of a kitchen and be a comfortable environment. Many of our customers wish to create a multi-functional space by adding a dining area to the kitchen and with the link to the garden is also a wonderful space for entertaining.
For further information and to view examples of our kitchen orangery projects visit our page on kitchen orangeries and conservatories.
The first, appropriate to larger glazed additions, is a carefully designed combination of traditional build, housing sets of doors and windows and 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 generally incorporate sympathetic building materials and style to the host building.
Masonry walls will provide a useful backdrop for growing plants, position lighting, pictures and furniture.