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Glass roofs are a major part of my dream home

When I was growing up I lived in a Victorian gardeners cottage. It was lovely, but the rooms were quite small and dark. I think it’s for this reason that I always remember one of my good friend’s houses. His parents owned a lovely place in town and it had a spectacular kitchen that was half traditional farmhouse style kitchen, and glass room, with gorgeous big windows and glass roofs. In the centre of the room was a huge glass dining table that really finished off the whole interior space and would reflect the clouds as they drifted overhead.

I’ve always been captivated by the beautiful huge glass ceiling at the British Museum in London, and more recently the new ceiling at Kings Cross Station too. Both are remarkable sculptures that blur the lines between architecture and art. As both an architecture and art lover I can’t complain about this – quite the opposite! I’d love to see more of this kind of thing! The sculptural quality of both of these ceilings really is quite remarkable.

Glass roofs: Black and white abstract photograph of the glass roof at the British Museum.

The glass roof at the British Museum.

Industrial Glass Roof Inspiration

I was browsing Pinterest recently and found myself adding a few glass ceilings to the boards I keep for inspiration about my future home. I’m sure that by the time I have the money to afford to build these places my tastes and style will have changed, but it doesn’t stop me dreaming about it right now!

This shot immediately caught my eye. The way the old industrial past of the building is reflected in the dark black beams really stands out. You so often expect glass roofs to be surrounded by white beams, but this one really breaks the mould. The whole look reminds me of the old factories where I grew up. The greenery around the edge of the glass softens the effect though, and the raw looking lightbulbs give it true style and make it extremely current.

Here they are again, those clean black industrial lines supporting a beautiful glass ceiling. I love the way that the look of this room is ultra modern, but that modernity is set against the brick side wall of what looks like a Victorian house. Pairing it with farmhouse style furniture makes it even more eclectic and is exactly the kind of thing I love.

These two examples are just so different even though they both feature huge glass panels in the roof and thick black beams to frame the glass. Both of these rooms reflect the architectural heritage of the buildings but in completely different ways.

In contrast to the two above is this one – another gorgeous example featuring thick black beams. I love the way that minimalism is starting to develop now. There’s more to minimalism than just pure white rooms sparsely decorated with white furniture. The glossy black finishes here reflect the white surfaces and the dark black beams above them. I’d really love to live here. Even if it does remind me slightly of the black ash laminate furniture I had in my bedroom as a teenager! Maybe that’s why I love it? Who knows! Either way, one day I’ll own an old industrial building that I can bring back to life in this way.