Roof lanterns are architectural features used to transform small and dark areas by filling them with natural daylight.
A roof lantern is an elegant centrepiece that will add an iconic edge to any project.
To showcase the benefits a roof lantern can bring to your home, our experts have picked five of the best roof lanterns in the world.
The Florence Baptistery
The Florence Baptistery is one of the oldest buildings in Florence and one of the earliest examples of a roof lantern.
Dating back to roughly 1150 (and enlarged in 1202), this lantern brings natural light to highlight its famous mosaic-covered interior. This historic example shows the prestige and impact roof lanterns can bring.
The Seville Cathedral
The Seville Cathedral is the largest cathedral in the world. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the cathedral features a dome roof lantern within its prestigious design.
In 1511, the lantern collapsed and was rebuilt to its former glory in 1519.
The cathedral is an excellent example of the roof lantern’s importance in Renaissance design, which has now become an iconic show stopping centrepiece of modern architecture.
The Kuskovo Orangery
Roof lanterns were widely used in orangeries in Europe in the 16th Century.
As a marker of prestige, orangeries were used to house and protect orange and citrus trees from harsh winter weather.
One of the best examples is in Kuskovo, the summer country house and estate of the Sheremetev family.
Built in the mid-18th century, it was situated several miles to the east of Moscow but is now part of the East District of the city. It was one of the first great summer country estates of the Russian nobility, and one of the few near Moscow still preserved.
Katharinenkirche, or St. Catherine’s Church, in Oppenheim, Germany, is regarded as an important Gothic church building on the Rhine, along with the cathedrals of Cologne and Strasbourg.
It’s impressive roof lantern, complete with phoenix sculpture, illuminates with natural light its gothic charm.
Friars Mill, Leicester
The iconic ibex weathervane which sits proudly atop one of the UK’s oldest surviving factories, Friars Mill, in Leicester, heralds the dawn of a new age in industrial evolution. Now a thriving business centre, this former 18th Century mill on the banks of the River Soar has been restored to its former commercial glory.
At its centrepiece is a classic roof lantern which allows natural light to flood into the building below. A perfect example of modern design blended with traditional British architecture.
Roof lanterns have changed a lot over the years, but are a fantastic and elegant way of bringing natural light into your home.
As iconic centrepieces, roof lanterns are an easy way to add luxury to and transform any project.
The Atlas Contemporary Slimline Roof Lantern we offer, for example, is the slimmest, strongest and most thermally-efficient lantern on the market.
With no clunky bars or supports cluttering the glazing, this design allows you to get more sky and sun into your home.
Minimalist, sleek and efficient, these roof lanterns bring elegance and luxury into any space.
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