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Metal and glass canopies

Metal and glass skylights are architectural structures that combine metal elements and glass panels to create bright, aesthetic and functional interior or exterior spaces.

These structures are loved for their sleek, modern aesthetic, as well as their ability to maximize natural light in a space while providing views to the outdoors.

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Metal and glass canopies Oratory – La Grande Bretèche Tours
New chapel made of steel and hand-blown glass, set in a 15th century chapel.

Crézé’s mission: creation and installation of an oratory, carried out in collaboration with the Ateliers du maître verrier Helmbold and the architectural firm Le Moal. The structural shape facilitates the penetration of light and the careful acoustics of the oratory. The specificity of this work allows the doors to be opened on the entire façade towards the nave when the public is present and to be closed again for a more intimate ceremony.
From a technical point of view, this oratory is made of Jansen joinery and is 6 meters high, 13 meters long and 5 meters wide.

Metal and glass canopies Glass wall restoration – Indret
Returning the ‘La Navale’ glass wall to its former splendour

This magnificent glass wall on the back wall of a castle on the south bank of the Loire was probably constructed by workers from neighbouring naval sites at the start of the 20th Century. The Crézé team worked here for several weeks, returning it to its former glory.

Restauration verrière Indret-1
Restauration verrière Indret-2

Metal and glass canopies Skylight in Paris
Zenithal glass roof for a prestigious building

A feature that creates a sea of light, giving off natural lighting within the company canteen. This zenithal skylight includes smoke extraction panes that also serve as railings for the upkeep of the suspended gardens above. This feature highlights a 20th-century structure that was entirely restored. This building, located near the Faubourg Saint-Honoré, is home to prestigious office space

Verrière Paris - Skylight in Paris

Metal and glass canopies The Galeries Lafayette
Steel and glass skylight overlooks a shopping centre

The former steel skylight was hidden by a suspended duckboard ceiling.
We ensured its disassembly and removal, facing a few accessibility issues on the way. The new skylight was fitted with Jansen profiles – selected for their fineness – and now overlooks the new Galeries Lafayette centre.
The sky’s full colour palette brings a great deal of variety to the collections presented beneath the skylight.

Les galeries lafayette
Les galeries lafayette

Metal and glass canopies House in Saint-Briac
Elegant sunroom with large glass walls

Creation of a sunroom on the existing terrace, so the owners could benefit from it all year round and extend their home in a pleasant manner.
We therefore turned a reasonably-sized yet not very usable space into a separate living area. The glass walls are covered in a 4-pane zinc roof that allows rainwater to evacuate through the almost-invisible gutter, hidden away in the decor.
This extremely sober sunroom is adorned with diamond-shaped patterns at ground-level and higher up: this choice is both attractive and useful as the upper pattern also serves as a bracing.

Maison à Saint-Briac - House in Saint-Briac

Metal and glass canopies House in Rennes (1)
Creation of a sunroom with isolating glass panels

The former terrace, that was very hot due to its south-facing exposure, was turned into a sunroom.
The highly-insulating and high-performance glass panes enabled the owner to enjoy a temperate living area, even in the middle of summer.
We added electric shutters to protect them from the sun without blocking out the light completely.
The existing banister was painted the same colours as the sunroom structure, for improved harmony.

Maison à rennes - House in Rennes

Metal and glass canopies House in Rennes (3)
Contemporary glass-walled room

A contemporary glass-walled room with sun-like decor, home to a bedroom in the middle of the garden, hence the presence of blackout blinds all the way around.
The relatively sober construction is adorned with some decoration at ground-level, and an access banister made of polished stainless steel is used to access the garden as soon as you get out of bed.

Maison à rennes - House in Rennes

Metal and glass canopies Manor in the Morbihan
Create a new room with a skylight and glass walls

The skylight forming the gable end of this prestigious bourgeois dwelling offers an additional room, thanks to the glass’ high quality – the temperature remains the same even when the sun hits the front of the house.
The occupants’ intimacy is also preserved: vision from indoors to outdoors is perfect, but vision is obstructed the other way round.
A wood-burner was added to heat the room up during the cold winter months.

Manoir en Morbihan - Manor in the Morbihan
Manoir en Morbihan - Manor in the Morbihan

Metal and glass canopies Traditional house
Sunroom with patinated and decorative iron structure

The sunroom goes all along the front of a traditional house, half-way between a conservatory and patio, and makes for a comfortable and sunlit dining area in the rounded part of the structure.
The zinc roof leaves room for glass panes in front of each of the house’s openings, so the sunlight can still stream in. Several arches reinforce the structure and bring even more charm to the house.
The textured powder coating gives the structure a lovely patina effect.

Maison traditionnelle - Traditional house

Metal and glass canopies Rennes’ countryside
Restoration of a glazed greenhouse

This elegant 1920s greenhouse was entirely revamped.
It was more or less abandoned and had suffered a great amount of corrosion.
The glass panes were all removed so the structure could be cleaned, restored and repainted.
They were then replaced or repositioned one by one.
The guardrail that runs along the top of the greenhouse was initially used for installing the gratings; it may serve again one day but its appearance alone deserved a restoration.

Campagne rennaise - Rennes' countryside
Campagne rennaise - Rennes' countryside

Metal and glass canopies School in Saint-Malo
A glass roof above a schoolyard

This school in Saint-Malo created an indoor courtyard thanks to this glass roof – making the playground accessible at any time of the year and in all kinds of weather.
We inserted windows to the upper vertical part for ventilation in the event of high temperatures.

Institution scolaire à Saint-Malo - School in Saint-Malo

Metal and glass canopies Skylight in Saint-Briac
House extension with glass walls and roof

This house on the northern Breton coastline was enriched with a new and fully-glassed living area, with double glazing low-E thermal insulation.

Verrière Saint-Briac - Skylight in Saint-Briac

Characteristics of metal and glass canopies

Metal and glass windows are appreciated for their contemporary and industrial aesthetic. Metal, often steel, is used to create a sturdy and elegant structure that frames the glass panels. The glass panels allow excellent penetration of natural light, which creates a bright and open space. This also reduces the need for artificial lighting during the day.

Metal and glass skylights are often used to divide interior spaces while maintaining visibility between them. For example, they can be used to create a separation between the kitchen and living room in a home or between workspaces in an office. These skylights are versatile and can be used in a variety of settings including homes, lofts, offices, restaurants, hotels, stores, etc.

Metal and glass canopies can be customized according to the needs of the project. You can choose the size, shape, metal type, glass type, and finishes to match your desired style and function. Although metal and glass skylights provide visual transparency, they can also be designed with translucent or frosted types of glass to provide a certain level of privacy while maintaining brightness.

Metal and glass are relatively easy materials to maintain. They are durable and weather resistant, although cleaning the glass panels may require regular attention to maintain their clarity. Depending on the design, metal and glass canopies can be equipped with thermal and acoustic insulation to improve interior comfort.