Health by Design: A Profession Promoting Health and Healing

Posted August 22nd, 2019 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Conservatory Projects, Get Inspired, latest
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Do you remember when homes, schools, offices, and even hospitals and wellness centers were designed to minimize the “distractions” of the outside world?

As we further understand the health benefits access to the natural world have on our well-being, architects and designers have embraced the inclusion of nature as an essential element in their designs.

“Roger Ulrich’s research documenting the healing power of nature in the clinical context of a hospital was a watershed moment for the design industry.”

Architects and designers create spaces that transform the atmosphere of a room; the blend of building and nature promote health and healing; they make us feel happy, safe, and motivated. Increased exposure to the natural world provides vitamin C, increases energy, improves our mood, and has even shown to increase productivity. In a later study, Biophilic design: Strategies to generate wellness and productivity, Edward Clark, LEED AP BD+C and Christopher Flint Chatto, Assoc. AIA, LEED BD+C examines these concepts in further detail.

The application of these concepts in architecture has steadily grown over the last decade. Families around the world are taking their connection to the next level through the use of conservatories, greenhouses and even pool enclosures so they can be connected year-round!

Take a look at what families around the world have done!

Modern Skylights | An Effortless Merge Between Indoors and Outdoors

Posted July 18th, 2019 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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“It began as a flat glass plane in a starburst shape and then we separated it into a cluster of stars as if they were in a constellation. Then we decided to raise it up into a three dimensional form with undulating planes of glass…”

Imagine… an effortless merge between inside and outside…

We welcome any chance to work alongside other professionals to create what appears to be impossible and create something beyond their client’s expectation. In this case study, we partnered with Clites Architects, Horizon Builders, and Fritz & Gignoux landscape architects to create this modern treasure nestled within their client’s backyard.

This project was very unique. As architect Gary Lofdahl mentions in the study, “[we were] experimenting with all kinds of new ideas that morphed over time…”.

We hope this project inspires you as much as it has our team.

Tanglewood’s Untangled Minds Foundation AMPLIFIES new trade talent in 2019

Posted June 13th, 2019 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Community, Get Inspired, latest, Preservation Maryland, Untangled Minds Foundation
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Have you explored all the talent in your community?

Tanglewood strongly believes in the development of a vibrant, thriving community. Through our non-profit organization’s AMP program, our mission is to build a sustainable, cultural environment for our children and our children’s children.

In its second year, students of the AMP program have designed and built some incredible products alongside local business partners on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Watch the development of their latest project in the video above.

We hope they inspire you as much as they have our team.

For more information about the Untangled Minds Foundation or the AMP program, visit untangledminds.org or contact Nicole Mihalos at untangledminds@outlook.com

How to make your greenhouse grow systems beautiful!

Posted May 23rd, 2019 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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Why people love greenhouses is no secret. The atmosphere is an oasis for our mental, physical, and spiritual health.

But how do we make the greenhouse grow systems as beautiful as the greenhouse?

The Palm House

“In my 24 years designing for Tanglewood, this project is one of my favorites and most enjoyable. Hearing their expectations about the space and complete trust in our design is inspiring and encouraging.”

Tanglewood Senior Designer

The family envisioned a Classical style Palm House to serve as an entertaining space not only for plants but friends and family. At approximately 1,500 square feet, this large greenhouse will be made of mahogany and steel with decorative accents, cast iron pilasters, curved insulated glass, and complete with greenhouse grow systems!

“For many years I lived and was educated in a Mediterranean country so it did not take long for me to envision the style she was looking for. As we reviewed early conceptual drawings with her we received nothing but positive feedback. Oddly enough, the whole concept was developed around a single window…”

Tanglewood Senior Designer

One of the challenges we faced during the design process was making the grow systems beautiful. Prior to the Palm House, we had built a living plant wall for a client that hid the systems completely! But for this design we needed a very elegant solution to complement the overall design.

Then developed the idea of a Head House…

Architecturally, head houses have served numerous purposes for greenhouses; they have been used as decorative solutions utility spaces, storage spaces, and even restrooms! For this project, we needed the head house to also function as the entrance way.

 Its classical Mediterranean style combines steel and mahogany to maximize the amount of sunlight inside. The light and airy feel is perfect for gatherings with family and friends. Inside, the atmosphere is tropical, with sounds of water from the fountain falling quietly in the background.

As the project enters production, stay in touch to see what it looks like when it’s built!

Are you are dreaming about growing year-round? Talk with our team today!

Happy gardening!

Meet Ann Green, the Rawlings Conservatory’s New Director!

Posted March 21st, 2019 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Community, Events, latest
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Article by Teresa Cook, Content Director | baltimorecooks@yahoo.com

Image courtesy of Rawlings Conservatory

Ann Green says she gets to work in a tropical paradise, so what’s not to like?

As the new director of that paradise, the Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore, she loves to watch people’s reactions when they visit.

People are so blown away” by the plants and the building, and seeing that reaction is a real treat for her, she said.

Ann is not new to the Conservatory. She was the Volunteer Coordinator and Webmaster for seven years before her promotion to the top job.

Ann Green, Rawlings Conservatory Director

She’s always loved gardening. Growing up in the suburbs of Howard County, Ann said,

We three children were my mother’s and father’s little work horses. We did vegetable and flower gardening. It was the most fun chore there was, even weeding.”

Gardening has been a life-long passion since then. She tends ornamental, vegetable, and herb gardens in her yard in Baltimore, and cares for an extensive collection of houseplants.

With a bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology from St. Mary’s College and a master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Ann has a background in non-profit management and community engagement that she is eager to put to work to grow the Conservatory.

For her graduate degree, she had an internship with the Friends of Druid Hill Park and helped get the farmers’ market established. From there, she was offered the volunteer coordinator job at the Conservatory.

Working with volunteers is so rewarding! Their work amplifies what our staff does in really remarkable ways,” she said.

She appreciates those volunteers, too — “We have so many dedicated volunteers” who make contributions in caring for plants as well as providing programming and visitor services. 

Now in her new post, she said she’s extremely busy, taking care of the plants and the facility with a staff of just two full-time and six part-time employees.  “The staff are awesome.” And don’t forget the four-legged staff – Conservatory cat, Mango, is a favorite of Ann’s.

The programming at the Conservatory has made a name for the Rawlings, she said. Seasonal shows, cocktail events, children’s programming and other educational programs bring in visitors. Local art teachers bring students to do painting or illustration projects which are then shown in the Conservatory. It’s a busy place, even on a winter afternoon.

For the future, Ann said a big capital project is in the planning stages: The original 130-year-old glass Palm House needs renovation. Re-design of the outdoor gardens and enclosing it in a deer-proof fence is another hoped-for improvement on her wish list.

Ann invites visitors to keep coming back. “The Conservatory changes all the time, even if you’ve been here, there is something different in bloom now. It’s a wonderful place to visit throughout the year.”

Spring events coming up at the Rawlings Conservatory

Image courtesy of the Rawlings Conservatory

“The Gnome and Garden Show” – April 6-21. The Conservatory’s annual spring show features hundreds of flowers grown from bulbs arranged with other spring plants and, this year, a scattering of garden gnomes. See how many little guys you can find among the blooms! Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday.

Tree Baltimore’s Fruit Tree Fair, noon – 3 p.m. April 13. This year’s family-friendly atmosphere features a fruit tree giveaway, nature play space for kids, various environmental and community non-profit groups, food, and drink. Local emcee Alanah Nichole introduces various artists of all ages performing spoken word poetry and live music. Visit the vendor tents to learn about honey bees and native pollinators, plants for the orchard, and more! 

Community Gardening Day – May 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Help other volunteers, students and community members plant the outdoor gardens at the Conservatory and enjoy lunch provided by the Friends of the Rawlings Conservatory.

Visit Rawlingsconservatory.org for details on these and other events.

Is this really you, O great and beautiful Crystal Palace?

Posted March 8th, 2019 by Alan Stein and filed in Travels
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Crystal Palace, London 1854

Driving from Dallas to Ft. Worth last week I did a double take; I thought time had warped when I saw the Great Crystal Palace, the seminal work of Joseph Paxton completed in 1851 for the London Industrial Exhibition, in its pristine glory actually there beside the Texas freeway!

Was I delusional?

I’ve been engrossed in writing my book on the Great Conservatories of the nineteenth Century among which, Paxton’s Crystal Palace is a giant icon, yes, but was I really seeing things? Actually, no! Architect Martin Growald created the design of the new InfoMart building for real estate tycoon Trammell Crow who envisions a permanent sales showcase for the newest electronic wonders.

Trammell Crow
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Maybe the imagery is not so far off! After all, wasn’t the original Crystal Palace, built in London just for such a purpose – a massive exposition in which the inevitability of a richer and healthier future (due to the technological advances of the industrial revolution) would be on view? Over six million visitors came, many on horses, to view the latest and greatest of manufactured goods from all around the world.

If you have not seen this grand landmark we recommend a drive by!

InfoMart Crystal Palace Replica
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InfoMart Crystal Palace Replica Interior
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InfoMart Crystal Palace Replica
Photo Credit equinix.com

There are so many things we can learn from the Great Conservatories that lived before us – and we’ve only hit the surface! We look forward to sharing our knowledge of these grand structures with you in my new book.

Stay tuned for my book’s release date!

In the meantime, talk with our team about how you can bring this time-honored tradition to your home!

Inspiring the next generation – Maryland Manufacturing

Posted February 15th, 2019 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Community, Insights, latest, Preservation Maryland, Tanglewood News
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“Never underestimate the valuable and important difference you make in every life you touch…

For the impact you make today has a powerful rippling effect on every tomorrow.”

-Anonymous

Manufacturing gets another look…

To celebrate the real value of Manufacturing in Maryland, we must look beyond just recognizing great companies that bring value to our community.

Manufacturing is a MINDSET; it is the creation of innovative ideas. How do we inspire the “excitement for CREATING things” in our future workforce?

From the building of extraordinary glass architecture to custom, hand-crafted boats to beautiful architectural mesh, manufacturing is experiencing a renaissance of relevance.

In Maryland, manufacturing is responsible for over 104,000 jobs and the generation of $23.4 billion in gross state product. With such a strong impact in our community, the sustainability of a vibrant, skilled workforce is imperative. The next generation is inspired by this industry and our work with the Untangled Minds Foundation and the AMP Program are examples of just that!

We are honored to be recognized as Maryland MEP’s Manufacturer of the Month for the contributions to our community, clients, and partners. In our 25+ years of business, our mission to inspire everyone we touch through the creation of extraordinary glass architecture continues to touch lives around the world!

To learn more about our product lines and services, talk with Jennifer Beletsky at 410.479.4700!

Are We A Sustainable Company?

Posted January 17th, 2019 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Community, Insights, latest, Preservation Maryland, Tanglewood News, Untangled Minds Foundation
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What does sustainable mean?

Some think sustainability means you recycle, reduce energy, and are more efficient in operations. But at Tanglewood, we define sustainability differently. All of the efforts toward energy conservation and recycling are necessary but…

What is the goal of sustainability?

We believe to be sustainable means belonging to a vibrant, thriving community that will be a sustainable, cultural environment for our children and our children’s children.

What are we doing to accomplish that?

The Advanced Manufacturing Professionals (AMP) Program created through our 501c3 Untangled Minds seeks to help students acquire the skills and perspective every business owner wants to see in their employees. Bundled into a three semester course, the AMP program’s primary focus is to develop students who (1) Take ownership and initiative, (2) Seek to understand what owners and managers of a company are passionate about, and (3) See and do what is required without having to be asked or told.

Does that sound like an employee you would like to hire?

It is these skills wrapped around the technical skill component along with the strong partnership of community members, community businesses, and education that advances student skills, perspective, and ways of thinking.

After all, to establish a sustainable community, we first must develop a sustainable workforce for our growing business partners.

For more information about the AMP program and to become a partner, visit untangledminds.org or contact Nicole Mihalos at untangledminds@outlook.com

The Beauty of Stained Glass in a Conservatory

Posted January 10th, 2019 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Conservatory Projects, Stained Glass
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Would you love stained glass in your conservatory?

Many conservatory owners love the fascinating interplay of light and color both in the designs of the stained glass panels as well as the colored accents it throws across the room.

Tanglewood’s bespoke stained glass can be designed in virtually any form and color.  From subtly colored accent to bold primary statement, the design is as personal as your conservatory… and your life.

The owners of each of these designs worked together with the Tanglewood design team to create their personal palette.

“…the stained glass panels that Tanglewood created for our conservatory definitely make the room our absolute favorite. They were able to personalize the design so it perfectly reflects our unique style.” Tanglewood conservatory owner

The use of stained glass in historical conservatories was relatively rare however. The conservatories of the past were designed to conserve and display plant life. In a departure from tradition, the iconic Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco incorporates a row of colored panels around the base of its dome, an effect that accentuates the building in the same manner as a typical cornice.

The effect is stunning.

For more information about incorporating stained glass into your conservatory, contact our team at 410.479.4700.

On the Boards | A Palm House for All Seasons

Posted December 14th, 2018 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Conservatory Projects
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How do we work with you to design the room of your dreams?

When clients recently approached Tanglewood with a request for a beautiful “old-world” style Palm House, we quickly entered what we call our Project Definition Process.

The PDP is a structured process developed to facilitate a three step approach to project design:

Step 1:  Examination. By listening carefully to your answers to a series of probing questions, we discover the important factors for a successful project. Each client and each project is unique. Pencil cannot meet paper until we thoroughly understand the client or architect’s vision. 

In this case, the Palm House was to be an elegant creation from another time – the 19th Century, and feature the refined exuberance of steel details in celebration of the structure.

Step 2: Solutions. At Tanglewood, we are well known for our ability to produce creative, original designs that respond to what we learn from our clients through the Examination process. Our clients often feel “they designed the room” themselves! And, the design must be within the specified budget.

In this case, of three possible design directions we presented, the decision was immediate and unanimous. Often, we know we “got it right” when the entire team is unanimous in their opinion.

Step 3: Implementation. True craftsmanship lies in the details! A beautiful concept must be functional and build-able. The details must be right…exactly right. Our team must perform perfectly and work together with others on your team in order for the entire process to be successful.

Follow this project throughout the Tanglewood process for a unique inside look at the creation of a beautiful “old-world” Palm House and when you are ready to design your perfect getaway retreat,  give us a call at 410.479.4700 or online.

We look forward to working with you.