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Blewbury Manor, United Kingdom 
Tuesday 30 Nov 2010
 
Those in glass houses... 
 
Spratley Studios 
 
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14/12/10 Belles Firm, Chicago
Wish I knew how the were able to pull this off. As architects http://www.bellesarchitecture.com we love the glass floor. In fact, we recently installed one in our own 30 year old modern home. See our Facebook page for the first post. It was just shy of impossible to get the glass. We started by asking for glass for a floor. Those who would quote it wanted over $2,000. We finally wrote the spec., and did not tell them what the glass was for. Final price $800. Since we are 90 miles from the famous Willis tower, and the glass sky boxes we thought it would be much easier.
Great job for the architect and owner getting this wonderful space!!!
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08/12/10 Simon Hebeler, xxxxxx
Very good 'before' photograph but no 'after' photo so that a real comparrison of the impact the addition has on the exterior appearance of the building. Clever interior photos but then only the Owners see this angle.
 

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Historic private manor transformed with 21st century curved glass atrium 


Spratley Studios has been commended by the RIBA South for its work on Blewbury Manor in North Oxfordshire. The Henley-based practice extended the private Grade II listed property, utilising an existing courtyard by transforming it into an interior space with a bespoke, curved glass atrium. This is coupled with a wholly glass staircase, which Spratley Studios claim is the first in the UK.

The client brief stated the need for a contemporary and practical family home with a sensitive alteration of the existing space. The architect responded with a double-glazed, high-tech glass roof spanning the building’s historic core, allowing shafts of natural sunlight to penetrate the central space and illuminate the living areas. This choice of materials also ensures that the original walls of the Manor can be viewed from inside the new extension, in a seamless integration of old and new spaces.

Speaking on the commendation Spratley Studios received from RIBA South, Spratley Studios Director, Jeremy Spratley, said “Praise from the RIBA is particularly gratifying and is affirmation of our vision for Blewbury Manor. This was no ordinary brief, our client was looking for something outstanding and impressive and we have achieved this by fusing medieval values with the integrity of new technology. We have enhanced this listed building as a forward-looking piece of its time.”

Despite commissioning 'top-quality' glass technicians from Venice to work on certain elements of the build, Spratley Studios employed only local specialised craftsmen where possible, who worked largely with locally sourced reclaimed materials.


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