Sanctuary House

Glazing for New Build House with Expansive Devonshire Views

IQ Glass worked closely with Devon based, Barc Architects to help create a contemporary new build home in Devon which made the most of the expansive views it had to offer.

Large elevations of Architectural, structural and minimally framed glazing were specified by the architects in order to offer an unimpeded view of the Devonshire countryside from the upper floors. The lower floors of the building benefited from carefully chosen and highly detailed architectural glazing installations to provide light but also offer privacy to the living areas when required.

The architects combined our large and almost frameless elements of architectural glazing on this new build house with a natural palette of materials, including stone cladding, larch, zinc, porcelain tiles and lime render.

The client had a degenerative sight issue which required lots of light but no glare. Our frameless glazing installations were well paired with the architect’s design of large overhanging eves which block glare, whilst allowing light to penetrate through the large elevations of frameless architectural glazing.

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Fay Arnot


Topsham, Devon

The architects chose their architectural glazing specification carefully in line with their client's exacting design wishes and performance requirements. They designed the house to surpass the performance requirements of building regulations in terms of insulation and energy efficiency.

Our minimal windows sliding door system was used in conjunction with the large elevations of frameless structural glazing on the first floor. The system is fully thermally broken with high thermal insulation properties. The large elevations of structural and minimally framed glass offer high levels of thermal performance thanks to enhanced glazing fixing details and the inclusion of specialist coatings. In addition, the flush threshold of the sliding door meant the building was built in line with the historical Lifetime Home standard. 

Mixed with these large frameless elements of structural glazing, IQ provided our Sieger aluminium window and door systems to complete the architectural glazing package. 

The client's commented that the glazing was their "best buy" on the project. The large glass panes and floor-to-ceiling glazing meant the architectural glazing from IQ perfectly framed the views they were so keen on. 

All glazing on the project was Heat Soak Tested with carefully chosen elements of glazing finished with a Solar Control Coating for enhanced solar protection.


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