The different types of wrought iron and steel skylights
Industrial-style glass roof
An industrial-style interior glass roof is an interior design feature inspired by the industrial aesthetic, often associated with old factories, warehouses and industrial buildings converted into living or working spaces. Industrial-style interior skylights have become popular because of their ability to create a modern, open and bright look while retaining a certain raw, industrial character.
Industrial glass roofs generally use raw materials such as steel, wrought iron, aged metal and transparent or lightly tinted glass. These materials contribute to the industrial aesthetic.
The black steel structure is an emblematic element of industrial-style interior skylights. They can be used to divide spaces or as partitions to create distinct zones while maintaining a feeling of openness. Glass is often used to allow natural light to flow through the space while visually separating areas. Clear glass is common, but textured glass can add an extra touch of character.
Industrial glass roofs tend to have a minimalist, uncluttered design. The clean, simple lines enhance the raw materials and architecture of the space.
Industrial-style interior skylights can be used in a variety of ways, such as partitions to divide spaces or as sliding doors for closets, bathrooms or kitchens.
Traditional-style glass roof
A traditional-style glass roof is an architectural structure that draws on traditional and classic design elements to create a covered outdoor space. This style is often associated with a timeless, elegant aesthetic.
Traditional-style outdoor skylights are generally inspired by classical architecture, including Greek, Roman, Colonial or Victorian. They may feature columns, arches, moldings and classical architectural details.
Decorative details are an essential feature of the traditional style. This can include carvings, floral ornaments, scrolls, friezes and other decorative elements on columns, arches and upper parts of the canopy.
Traditional-style outdoor canopies can be used in a variety of applications, such as verandas, covered terraces, pergolas or garden entrances.
Artistic glass roof
An artistic glass roof is an architectural art form that integrates stained glass, glazed art or artistic elements into a glass or stained glass structure. These creations are often used to embellish and illuminate interior or exterior spaces, while offering an exceptional visual experience.
Artistic glazed panels showcase works of glass art created by Crézé craftsmen. These compositions can depict scenes, abstract motifs, religious symbols, landscapes or other artistic subjects.
Glass art is usually custom-designed to suit the specific space in which it will be installed. Customers often collaborate with expert craftsmen to design unique creations that meet their aesthetic needs.
Artistic glass roofs take full advantage of natural light to create effects of color and brilliance. Works of art often appear differently depending on the light and the time of day.
Artistic canopies can be designed in a contemporary or traditional style, depending on the customer’s preferences and artistic objective.
Indoor glass wall in Rennes
Workshop style glass wall between the kitchen and livingroom
A glass wall with an industrial touch, fitted with sliding doors. This glass structure offers the advantages of a kitchen that opens out onto the living area, whilst preventing the smells and noise from circulating between the rooms.
Samsic head office in Cesson-Sévigné
Custom design layout with metallic structure
An original and large-scale creation for Samsic’s head office. The ornamental powder-coated metallic structure is decorated with opal laminated glass. The overall architecture was founded on the effect of a projected drop of water, offering visitors curved buildings – like waves emanating from a central axis. Water – as the symbol of Brittany – and greenery have pride of place here, namely thanks to the Asian-inspired gardens.
The “drop of water” building is surmounted with a glass dome. This roof aims to turn a constraint (hiding technical equipment, namely the air-conditioning and heating units) into an easily-recognisable architectural feat, visible from Rennes’ ring-road.
The entrance hall is bedecked with a steel and glass curtain wall to make movement easier within the building, with the help of banisters, footbridges and a lift. The glass floor reflects the architectural elements and reinforces the building’s depth.
At the very top of this hall, visitors can admire the monumental sculpture created by Annick Leroy – an artist from Rennes – which is a reproduction of the photography “Lunchtime atop a skyscraper” taken in 1932 during the construction of the Rockefeller Center in New York. The structure’s ceiling needed to be reinforced to support this work and welcome the seven characters on their girder, weighing a total of 1.3 tonnes.
Restoration of wrought-iron stained-glass windows: heritage preservation
Restoring wrought-iron skylights is an important part of preserving our architectural and artistic heritage. Wrought-iron skylights, often found in historic buildings, churches, museums and other ancient structures, represent a precious part of our history and culture.
When we take on a wrought-iron canopy restoration project, we begin with a thorough assessment of the condition of the wrought-iron canopy. The aim is to identify damage, corrosion, missing elements, cracks and any other structural or aesthetic problems.
It is essential that we take detailed photographs of the glass roof before restoration work begins. This will provide an important visual reference for the restoration.
If the canopy has to be removed for restoration, we take particular care to avoid further damage to the structure. Following this, we gently remove dirt, dust and contaminants from the surface using gentle cleaning methods, such as hand brushing and the use of non-abrasive chemicals.
In our workshop, we carefully repair any damage, cracks or missing parts using welding techniques adapted to wrought iron. Wrought iron is treated against corrosion using anti-rust chemicals and protective coatings, such as anti-rust paint. In addition, we preserve and restore original artistic details, such as decorative motifs, ornaments and carved elements, using appropriate restoration techniques.
Restoring wrought-iron canopies is a complex undertaking, requiring all our expertise in heritage conservation. It plays an essential role in preserving architectural and artistic history, enabling future generations to enjoy these cultural treasures.
Custom wrought-iron and steel skylights: an adaptable design
Custom wrought-iron and steel canopies offer design flexibility and can be adapted to a variety of architectural styles and interior or exterior spaces.
Made-to-measure canopies are designed according to the customer’s specific needs and preferences. This means you can choose the style, shape, patterns and dimensions that best suit your space. Wrought-iron and steel canopies can be used to divide or delimit interior spaces, creating distinct zones while maintaining a feeling of openness. They are also ideal for outdoor spaces, such as terraces or gardens.
These glass roofs are aesthetically versatile. You can opt for a sleek, modern design, an industrial style with a raw look, or a more traditional aesthetic with intricate decorative elements. Wrought-iron and steel canopies can be painted in a variety of colors to match the color scheme of your space. Finishes, such as patina for an aged look, can also be tailored to your preferences.
Custom wrought-iron and steel canopies offer a multitude of design possibilities, making them adaptable to a wide variety of spaces and aesthetic preferences. They can be used to create functional and aesthetic architectural elements that add a personalized touch to any environment.