The Garden House, Exeter
Architects; Private Architect
Fabricators; MPS Glass & Window Centre Ltd.
Main Contractor; Private Contractor
Systems Used; Comar 6 and 7
Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems, with their approved fabricator MPS Glass Ltd, supplied aluminium for an ultra-modern glass pavilion, which was recently the featured project on Channel 4’s “Grand Designs”.
The build was in two parts: a cottage, which maintained the olde worlde charm for the elevation in Medland Manor and the second part in the walled garden, which was a modernist glass pavilion. The new pavilion is made almost entirely of glass housed in slim elegant Comar framing system. Its appearance echoes Victorian greenhouses found in walled gardens and the modernist glass pavilion houses of Mies van Der Rohe and Philip Johnson. The glazed skin works on two levels: large panes of glass in slender Comar framing provide uninterrupted views of the walled garden and let the bedrooms, living and dining rooms bathe in the Devon sunshine.
To achieve the minimalist glazed façade, Comar 6 curtain walling was chosen. Because of Comar systems’ outstanding design and aluminium’s inherent strength, the framing is capable of containing large panes of glass in slim 50mm frames.
The large sliding doors were created by using the comprehensive Comar 7P.i. HSD system. This system incorporates Comar’s trademarked P.i. thermal efficiency; the profiles are extruded separately then rolled together with a 20mm polyamide strip. With this amount of glass the excellent thermal properties of Comar 7Pi HSD were, therefore, a key factor in specification. The robust system, with its engineered design, ensures that the sliding doors operate smoothly and will stand the test of time.
Comar 7P.i HSD can be used to create 2 to 4 pane sliding patios, with the added bonus of dual colour - the inside and the outside framing can be polyester powder coated to different colours. This opens up a wealth of design opportunities for the creative client and architect.