Superb Games Room in a country house in Essex

IQ Glass designed and installed the glazing for this games room, which was an extension to a Grade II Listed home in Essex. The original building follows a traditional design, maintained by the listed status whilst the games room was designed to contrast the cottage style with a contemporary edge.

Upon entry the games room is approached via a glass link with timber posts, clad in vertical timber and designed to contrast the nearby red brick with frameless glass doors.

The architectural glazing and timber create a warm, inviting atmosphere and the frameless glazing has been finished with a roof overhang that is clad in timber on the underside for solar shading.

Where the frameless doors meet the fixed glazing, timber pressings have been installed to conceal the details and to maintain a timber design throughout the glazing.


The games room was complete with slim framed sliding glass doors in a three pane configuration, sitting directly underneath a zinc clad roof with a frameless rooflight, flooding the interior space with natural light throughout the day.

The minimal framing of the glass doors creates an indoor-outdoor style of living for the games space, offering fantastic views over the formal gardens.

Vertical timber cladding has been used to finish the external games room, contrasting both the oversized glazing and the zinc detailing. Due to the transparent and subtle nature of architectural glazing, the warm tones of the surrounding timber contrasts the glass and creates a continuous theme that can be seen throughout the modern building.

The combination of architectural glazing and timber is enhanced further by the use of vertical and horizontal timber detailing, which can even be seen on the internal face of the ceiling.

Frameless windows have been designed to sit within the zinc structure on the side of the games room extension, with backpainted glass to conceal any fixing details, allowing even more light to bounce through the space.

The combination of materials creates an extremely modern architectural design, using architectural glazing and timber to contrast the zinc and creating a clear differentiation of old and new elements for the renovation project.

Hox Design Architects has increased the useable space for the homeowners, creating a dedicated games room for them to relax and entertain all year round.

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