What is the difference between a winter garden, an orangery and a conservatory?


What really distinguishes a winter garden from a traditional orangery or a wooden conservatory.

The modern winter garden creates a bioclimatic space, where it is cool in the summer thanks to the airflow and sun protection with built-in canopies, and in the winter it is heated by the sun's rays. These gorgeous glass and aluminum designs add a truly stunning effect and suit any type of home, whether it's modern or antique.

The orangery, on the other hand, has columns or pilasters interrupting the window glass . Historic conservatories are more complex than conservatories, with a lantern-style roof and a flat roof section all around. They also have an ornamental façade called entablature, which requires steel support for lanterns or glued beams. The name comes from the ornate structures of stone, iron and glass that were built on the estates in the 18th and 19th centuries for the winter storage of exotic fruits. 

On the other hand, the conservatory, traditionally made of wood, is a simpler version of the conservatory, with fewer columns. They are easier to manufacture and therefore more commercially popular. Over the last century, conservatories have become very popular as the number of people owning houses and doing extensions has increased.

At Feneste, our priorities are modernity and energy efficiency, which is why we focus primarily on winter gardens.