Tanglewood Conservatories Completes Major Steel and Glass Commission.
December 2009 DENTON, MD- Tanglewood Conservatories’ President and Director of Architecture, Alan has announced the completion of the company’s largest “old-world-style” steel and glass pool enclosure project. The completed building brings to fruition nearly three years work by the company. The 2,600 square foot glass, steel and wood structure was designed to enclose a swimming pool and spa for a prominent but unnamed client in the upper Midwest.
Alan noted: “This project is perhaps the most ambitious and unusual that Tanglewood Conservatories has ever undertaken and its successful completion represents a major milestone for the company.” According to Alan, it was designed to be a modern rendition of the great glass houses of the Nineteenth-Century and is now the model for several other projects that the company has been commissioned to design and construct.
Among the unique features of the large conservatory are structural steel members built up from individual steel plates. Alan noted that the more usual method of constructing a large steel structure was to use pre-manufactured steel tubes and “I” beams. “This new method allowed us to give the structural elements much more of a three-dimensional quality, as they would have had 150 years ago.” “One of our engineers spent an entire year working on this project”, mentioned Alan.
In discussing the project, Alan says: “The cast iron and steel parts with their forged curls and intricate rosettes make a tantalizingly reminiscent image that could be right out of a history book on the great glass houses of the Nineteenth-Century. This was our intention from the start. In fact, it was the great glass conservatory at Syon Park in London, which was the original inspiration for the design”.
Special stained glass panels were designed by Tanglewood to enhance the large custom pool house. “We were not only interested in the design of the glass panels themselves, but more important, the mystical quality of the ever-changing pattern of colors which are thrown into the interior of the space.”