Waterlays Farm

Structural Glass Gable to Farm Extension

IQ Glass designed and installed the architectural glazing as part of this modern farm house in the Midlands. The new home structure is located on Waterleys Farm and in close proximity to Whissendine Brook.  

A combination of glazing solutions were specified for the farmhouse to create a house sensitive to its rural surroundings with a modern design. This includes slim sliding glass doors, structural glazing as well as typical aluminium casement windows and doors.  

The main farmhouse was formed from brick and included a full selection of aluminium windows and doors in a modern grey tone. The combination of grey aluminium framing with brick offers an excellent contrast of design to the main building.  This area is connected via a glazed link to the double height living space.  



Mark Abell- Mark Architecture



The large double height living room wing is the focal area of the new farmhouse and contains a double height elevation of glazing with a structural glass gable window with slim sliding glass doors below.  

The double height glazed extension space offers a large and bright living space. The focal glass elevation is created with an expert combination of structural glass to form the gable window with a set of slim sliding glass doors below.  


Each vertical mullion of the structural glass gable was designed to line up with the interlockers of the slim sliding glass doors below. The concept of global alignment is important in high specification architectural glazing. This lining through of sightlines and junctions offers a cohesive design throughout the build.  

The slim framed sliding glass doors set below the structural glass gable offered a floor to ceiling glass elevation with flush thresholds from the living space to the expansive patio beyond. With beautiful views over the Brook the slim sliding glass doors ensured that the views were not interrupted.  

A steel beam connected these two elements of architectural glazing with a decorative metal pressing. By ensuring the pressing was finished in the same RAL colour as the sliding glass doors the overall glass elevation design worked together as one.  

The rural location of the farmhouse in Leicester offered excellent views from all aspects of the farmhouse. This was maximised by the use of architectural glazing and aluminium windows and doors.  

The glazed link structure between the brick and timber wings was created using a combination of aluminium doors and structural glass. The aluminium casement doors were mirrored on both elevations of the glass link to allow sightlines through the glass link as well as light.  

Schuco framing was opted for here for its excellent performance in both durability and insulation as well as security. The frames here were PPC to the same RAL colour as the rest of the glazing which allows a collective design for all different areas of the building.  

Our dedicated regional team in the Midlands oversaw this architectural glazing project with their in house team of designers, project managers and installation teams. Contact the team today to start planning your own modern architectural glazing design.