Skylights & Canopies
Skylights are all the rage! Having been a symbol of the romantic era during the 19th century, they are back on the scene and can adapt to all kinds of styles. They are now a prime choice in contemporary houses - fitted as an indoor feature, out on the patio or as an extension to the main living area. They are given pride of place in more traditional houses and buildings, in which their brilliance stands out with the right renovation work.
The 21st century brought its touch of modernity to skylights with insulating glass panels and the integration of innovative home automation solutions.
As for steel canopies, they highlight the outer entrance of a home or public heritage site.
Come and discover our projects: steel skylights or canopies, indoor glass walls, glass roofs, steel joinery, etc.
Thanks to a century's worth of experience, expertise, and the most versatile of teams, Crézé is able to offer a wide range of possibilities when it comes to glass walls and ceilings; from modern creations with a contemporary style and custom glazing support assemblies, to traditional canopies and restoring wrought-iron skylights.
Whether working on department stores, private homes, or otherwise, our craftsmen know how to adapt to all types of settings and sites.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Awnings were originally simple canvasses, stretched across the entrance to a tent or building to shelter its occupants from the sun and rain. As techniques have evolved, so too have these awnings, which are now solid and ornamental additions to many great edifices.
In our workshop, we design, create, and craft wrought-iron awnings that, despite their ultimately discreet style, will add new dimensions to whatever environment they adorn.
Perfect for public structures, from restaurants to cinemas, apartment blocks, and even theatres, they offer a creative versatility that allows our technical prowess to flourish and shine.
Canopy for Bèje restaurant – Rennes
A return to the roaring twenties
Works were carried out on the Bèje restaurant, formerly the Amiral, on place de Bretagne, which has a laid back art-déco / art nouveau style. This involved creating a tailored canopy over the majority of the terrace area, which was made so fine that you can only see it from the square if you look very carefully.
Canopy in Paris
Vestibule and sandy steel canopy
This entrance to an office block in Paris’ Golden Triangle is discretely adorned with a canopy and vestibule, structured by a flowing black sandy steel frame and its two automatic doors. The curved glass panes are embossed with the building’s logo and fitted with LED lighting. A stylish, shiny, polished stainless steel rubbish bin and ashtray were placed around the canopy.
Cinema in Dinard
Steel awning for a historical monument
Extremely large canopy, aimed to shelter the audience of a cinema in Dinard.
Made entirely of steel, it was created jointly with an architect to study the design and feasibility of the project, with a view to respecting the building’s style and that of the renowned seaside resort.
The upward sloping canopy is less cumbersome thanks to the glass panes at the very end, that also enable rainwater to run down the gutter fitted along the building.
The sanding and 120 micron-plating it underwent ensure its resistance to sea spray.
House in Rennes (2)
A classic and elegant iron canopy
Stylish canopy adorning the entrance to a private property, giving it a certain elegance that fits in perfectly with the house’s sobriety.
The drawings were elaborated in close collaboration with the customer.
The light pouring into the centre of the canopy give the ironwork its shine.
Subtle structures and lustrous glazing make it possible to fuse traditional supports and materials such as stone or wood with the more modern, sleek look of steel. We utilise this expertise on both public heritage sites as well as private projects. Our aptitude for customisation means that we always find a way to elegantly and discreetly integrate the new with the old.
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.