What is an Orangery?
These buildings were first introduced to Northern Europe in the 1700’s but did not start to become popular until the 1800’s. The surrounding gardens in which orange trees were placed were referred to as Orangeries – although in time the term Orangeries was used to describe the Orangery buildings themselves.
Today the term “Orangery” has become fuzzier, referring to a largely glazed building with a glass roof. The Orangery is now often attached to the main house and used as room as well as for plants. In many respects today’s Orangeries combine the best features of a traditionally built room extension with the benefits of “living under glass” – as afforded by conservatory and sunroom living.
The classic Orangery design had stone built parapet walls containing large vertical sliding sash windows such that the glass area on the sides was in excess of 75%. They had a glass roof on timber rafters with a box gutter (usually cast Iron) all round inside the parapet wall. They were usual separate from the main house.
The primary materials used for “Orangeries” still remain as Timber and Stone. These are still the best materials for “replicating” this most traditional of glass buildings. Additionally many “Orangeries” are no longer built out of stone but primarily out of timber.