Bespoke Barn Conversion, Reading
Structural glass throughout stunning barn conversion, Reading
Structural glass porch, glass balustrading, curved glass balustrade, frameless glass doors & custom hardware .
This beautiful and unusual barn conversion near Reading was originally intended as a new home for the owner, close to their original farmhouse dwelling. The striking, steeply sloping triangular glass porch was designed to follow the slope of the roof, creating an unusual entrance to the building that looks even more magnificent at night when lit up by the two pebble-filled light wells that sit within the glass structure.
Inside the barn, the use of frameless glass balustrading and glass internal doors ensures the maximum flow of light within the building, overcoming the planning restrictions on adding more windows to this listed property.
Ion’s brief was to provide curved glass panels that fitted flawlessly around the concrete staircase, cut to follow the line of each individual step and interfacing with the glass balustrade on the bridge: this in turn interfaces with an additional curved glass panel around the curved metal staircase, creating an entrance to the mezzanine floor which is set slightly below the level of the bridge.
The combination of concrete, glass and metal creates a contemporary edge to the interior whilst at the same time maintaining the visual impact of the exposed roof beams and oak structure of the barn
The structural glass porch is built with four panels of laminated and toughened glass supported on structural glass beams running the full length of the sloping roof. Where the beams interface with the vertical front of the porch they are connected to vertical glass fins using bespoke brackets specially commissioned for the project. The sides and front of the porch are set into concealed glazing channel within the floor and wall makeup. The front end of the porch includes a secure glass door, hung using hydraulic glass hinges for an effective and minimal result.
Deceptively simple, the extensive use of structural glass throughout the barn conversions creates a contemporary result that is both functional and visually striking within this ancient building. The design of the porch is so unusual that passing drivers have stopped to admire the result. The owner, who devised the original concept of following the ancient roofline with a contemporary glass structure is delighted with the result, saying it met all his expectations. He stated: ‘I wanted to build something that would make a real statement, avoiding the more typical ‘oak and glass’ option of many barn conversions. I explored the idea of metalwork inside the building but wanted the light and airy feel result created by maximum use of structural glass. We approached a number of suppliers but Ion Glass was the only company who were confident that they could achieve the result I was hoping for, especially with regard to the over-sized panels of glass in the porch. It was definitely the right decision and I am very happy with the outcome.’