Inner City Conservatories: the truth behind the myths.Published on 7th February 2014
We’ve all heard of the urban fox; that much maligned creature of the night known for raiding bins not properly stored, leaving deposits in awkward places and ridding the cityscape of rats. They divide opinions while making creative use of abandoned corners and unloved land; kings of the concrete jungle. Seen as insidious by some and adorable by others, the urban fox may soon need your help as they do battle against new-comers set on taking over their natural habitat. We are, of course, talking of the inner city conservatory.
One-time denizens of rural England, the conservatory began to migrate towards the sprawl of suburbia near the beginning of the twentieth century, evolving as it went. From the ornately curlicued grandeur evidenced in the fossilised remains of the earliest known specimens, carbon-dated to around 1650AD, it is clear that these once-magnificent species suffered from a serious decline towards the end of that century. While the population grew disproportionately, many seemed to suffer from an acute lack of design, an over-abundance of enthusiasm and most threateningly of all, a severe uPCV infection. These three factors combined led many experts to believe that United Kingdom conservatory may soon become extinct.
However, an exciting, and unexpected, development was discovered. In the north of England a group of designers had been fostering a colony of rare, bespoke aluminium conservatories. Going by the name of Apropos (Architects protecting rare persecuted & obsolete structures), this group worked tirelessly to ensure that their charges survived the onslaught of poor materials and thoughtless design. The colony grew in strength, slowly spreading to the north and south. While the threat to taste and quality is still rife, today you can find examples of the Apropos genus throughout the entire country; the spread is encouraging to all of those with an interest in Britain’s native architecture.
It is the conservatory’s increased presence in our inner-cities that has brought it into conflict with the urban fox. Disused back gardens, once the ideal home for the russet night raiders are being transformed into vibrant family spaces with bespoke glazed extensions. Where the urban fox once frolicked with its cubs, human families now cook and dine together in Apropos conservatories. All those dark and disused spaces have been filled with light.
It doesn’t, however, stop there; the Apropos conservatory is still evolving and has recently been seen taking advantage of the new urban landscape with raised elevations; structures appearing on flat roofs; the dead space of garage tops now house gorgeous glazed offices and airy, extended bedrooms.
The Apropos aluminium conservatory is one of Great Britain’s great environmental success stories, but spare a thought for the urban fox; persecuted and unable to house a family of four, it’s city days could well be numbered.
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