Inspired Spaces can design and build you the orangery of your dreams. But what is an orangery, and how will it enhance your home? Here, we give you some famous examples of beautiful and stylish orangeries. We hope that they will give you some inspiration for creating your own orangeries in Manchester.
An orangery is akin to a greenhouse or a conservatory, and the orangery style of room was popularised in the 18th and 19th centuries. Often parts of palaces, whether adjoining the palace walls or located as separate buildings on the other side of an elegant garden, orangeries were traditionally places for growing hothouse shrubs and other plants. Sunny and pleasant to be in, orangeries are also ideal for providing an oasis of calm in the modern world.
One of the most famous orangeries in the world is the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris. This orangery was originally part of the majestic Palace of the Louvre. Now an art gallery, it lies overlooking the sumptuous Tuilleries gardens in central Paris, where beautiful sculptures and trees can be found. The Musée de l’Orangerie is home to some stunning artworks, such as Monet’s famous Waterlilies paintings.
In Britain, one of the most sophisticated orangeries lies in Chatsworth House. This orangery is part of a historic Tudor mansion, though the orangery itself was built in the 19th century, several hundred years after the construction of Chatsworth House itself. Well worth a visit, it draws inspiration from Grecian temples, and the ‘folly’ style buildings that were so popular in early 19th century England. It was designed by Joseph Paxton, who also created the Crystal Palace.
Though orangeries are usually envisioned as being composed entirely of transparent glass, and filled like greenhouses with gloriously coloured plants (and, very often, oranges), many have incorporated other materials, to great effect. For example, the mansion at Dyrham Park in Gloucestershire is home to an orangery that has a beautiful slate roof, that was added in the early 18th century.
These are but a few examples of classic orangeries. How will you design yours?