The Glass Wave by Andy Martin Associates

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The Glass Wave by Andy Martin Associates

A frameless sheet of glass undulates around this barrel-vaulted conservatory in west London.

The Glass Wave by Andy Martin Associates

Architects Andy Martin Associates retained the three timber-framed arches of a previous extension to create the shape of the new structure.

The Glass Wave by Andy Martin Associates

The curved glass ceiling wraps over the profile of the vaults, each of which open out into the garden behind.

The Glass Wave by Andy Martin Associates

A lot of residential extensions we publish on Dezeen are in London. Other popular projects include a conservatory that is half glass and half timber and a timber extension with a flower-covered roof.

The Glass Wave by Andy Martin Associates

Photography is by James Merrell.

The Glass Wave by Andy Martin Associates

Here's some more information from the architect:


The Glass Wave

As part of the master plan to redesign a single residency in London W2, AMA were asked to look at the redesign of an existing faux Victorian Conservatory which was made up of 3 timber framed acrylic glazed barrel vaults.

The Glass Wave by Andy Martin Associates

The solution was to celebrate the existing form by producing the same 3 barrel vaults using more technological and sustainable systems.

The Glass Wave by Andy Martin Associates

AMA looked to design a free-formed wave of glass with no visible framing which would aid to softening the spacial experience and also retain the external formality which Westminster desired.

The Glass Wave by Andy Martin Associates

This design offered double the natural light into the living area than previously.

The Glass Wave by Andy Martin Associates

The W2 conservatory has the largest radii of horizontally placed curved glass in the UK. AMA approached many of the largest manufacturers of curved glass in the UK and internationally, and were rebuffed.

The Glass Wave by Andy Martin Associates

The glass had to be double glazed and toughened and then finally coated with a metal oxide to achieve the regulation U-Values.

  • airborn

    Seeing the pictures it reminded me of the time when I lived in London in a house with a glass roof extension. They are going to have a heck of time to keep the roof clear from leaves and dirt. It looks beautiful though.

  • martini-girl

    Gorgeous.

  • http://www.ciao-italien.dk Ida

    I absolutely love it! Beautiful pictures. Here in Italy, where I stay some of the year, there´s also a lot of experimenting with glass walls and doors in different shapes. It´s so nice to look at – and it blends in well with renaissance architecture!

  • Archreviewer

    Glass barrel vault – fantastic application of material and engineering knowledge. Gorgeous!