Sometimes termed “orangeries”, conservatories with low pitched roofs and a more substantial looking structure, originated as buildings where orange trees were grown.
The Orangery Greenhouse
Before the technology used to construct glass roofs was developed in the mid-nineteenth century, an orangery was simply a building with large south facing windows. They were used to collect the warmth of the sun and thereby “conserve” the specimen citrus trees stored inside during the cold winter months.
Today however, an orangery is functionally synonymous with a conservatory and greenhouse – though the name sounds more exotic.
This striking example of a neoclassical orangery greenhouse easily commands the mood on the stone patio with its prominent presence. It sets the tone that flows from the back of the white-painted brick colonial out into the cool evening dusk. It mediates the between the daunting scale of the home’s brick facade and the intimacy of its occupants life on the terrace.
The design approach for the orangery conservatory was chosen to minimize the height of the building’s roof so that it would notinterfere with the windows, door and small balcony off of the master bedroom that the conservatory sits below.
As a result, the new orangery was designed to mimic its siblings’ size and proportions but was left “screened” by the former exterior wall with its three large arched openings (formally windows and doors).
The exposed wood beams of the family room echo in the greenhouse orangery design as does a mammoth hand-hewn mantle.