Large bi-fold doors were included to the extension upstairs, however in the exposed location, it was often too windy to open up the doors. Therefore, architecture:ab specified a Glazing Vision Sliding over Roof rooflight, which not only provided frameless views from within, but opened up the room to the outdoors and created the required connection with the outdoors through natural ventilation.
Alongside the Sliding over Roof rooflight, was a minimalistic fixed Flushglaze rooflight which provided a view from the inside of the sky and also the roof mounted sculptures. Andrew Burningham of architecture:ab explains that “externally, the minimal form of the rooflights, reduced the visual impact from long distance views of the castle”.
The Glazing Vision Sliding Over Roof unit, measuring 2080mm x 1480mm, does exactly what you’d expect; the entire section of glazing retracts out onto your roof space, leaving you with open, unimpeded views of the sky above.
One of the largest challenges within the project and involving the rooflights was the access available within the castle. The largest opening was 600mm wide with the stone staircases also narrowing down, with numerous twists and turns. Careful planning and organisation ensured that everything went smoothly on site and that the project was able to move forward promptly.
“I’m so proud of the finished project – it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and simply awesome. I’ve given a number of tours and no one expects to see such a comfortable modern home within what had been a ruin nearing collapse.” Andrew Burningham, architecture:ab.
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