One might easily envision this small hardwood greenhouse to be an elegant conservatory high on its overlooking perch. Instead, the owners will use the south facing room to pot the many specimens that will fill their home.
An Elegant Potting Greenhouse
A float on a floral sea, the room also serves as an apt terminus to the expansive house. It eases the transition from the upper terraces down to the lower green. It adds a bit of human-sized scale next to the stone stairway where you have to walk close to the house.
The unusual contour of the roof was designed to mimic the lines of the main house. The cupola is glass but the lower roof is clad with lead-coated copper on the outside and trimmed with mahogany bead board on the inside. Jim Davis AIA, the architect who designed the new home, had worked with Tanglewood on several previous projects and had come to value the role that an experienced specialist can play.
“To me, the collaboration with Tanglewood is analogous to commissioning a sculptor for a piece of art. I lay out the design generically and then rely on their specialized expertise. Because of the talent of their staff, Tanglewood can design a conservatory that is sympathetic with my own ideas.”
“In my years working with Tanglewood, I have come to use the relationship that Alan and I have built together as a model for I want a professional collaborative relationship to be.”
After only two meetings with Jim and his clients, a design was finalized to unanimous consensus.