The elegant expansion of natural light

by Rob

As demand for higher levels of natural illumination grows, the Rooflight Company’s neo range maximises light ingress with style

neo: the roof window for pitched roofs designed to look like a sheet of glass.

‘I want more natural light’; say more clients than ever, who are increasingly clued up on the health and wellbeing and energy-saving benefits that natural light provides, but also want to create the wow-factor in their projects with large expanses of vertical and overhead glazing.

A room with a window might be considered a naturally-lit space. However, daylighting experts would argue that for any space to be considered daylit it must use natural light as the principal source of daytime illumination. They also would insist that the external environment and internal space need to be seamlessly connected and that the natural light must create a thermally comfortable place.

The good news is that top-lighting allows up to 30% more natural light to enter a space than vertical glazing of the same size. Top-lighting also connects people with the sky above, bringing the sky into the room below.

The clean lines and modern design of the neo roof window are a perfect fit for the standing seam roof at the property in Fulham.

With many options available in pitched roof windows and flat rooflights, it is not difficult to specify a top-lighting solution. However, the real challenge architects face is finding a solution that elegantly expands their natural light.

Elegant simplicity

The neo range from the Rooflight Company comes in expanses of up to 2.3m by 1.4m. Architect Jenny Harborne of Imago architects was approached by her client to add elegant roof windows to an extension to a minimalist property in Fulham, London. She specified neo from the Rooflight Company because unlike most modern roof windows, when closed it has totally clear views uncluttered by opening mechanisms. Privacy was a key element of the brief as the property is flanked at either side by homes overlooking the extension. With this in mind the glazing was upgraded to Optifloat Opal privacy glass.

Three neo S12 roof windows were specified, two being motorised and one fixed shut. The motorised roof windows were fitted with rain sensors to ensure automatic closure during adverse weather conditions.

‘I like the clean lines and modern design of the neo roof window,’ says Harborne. ‘It merges well with the standing seam roof at this project and complements the minimal design perfectly.’

Featuring a sleek, contemporary and elegant design and flush edge-to-edge glazing, the neo specified by Harborne offers a roof window that combines unique properties with a frameless, minimalist appearance to complement modern architecture and interiors perfectly in a property like the one in Fulham. Designed entirely from the specifier’s point of view, its clean lines merge unobtrusively within the roof line.

Light from above

The neo Plateau range combines superior design features such as its unique Thermoliner® detail, to minimise the risk of condensation and mould, and an insulated kerb detail to retain heat within a building. neo Plateau follows the elegant design of the neo pitched rooflight.

Gallery, a high-end residential and commercial installation specialist based in London, was looking for a solution that could give its project quality natural daylight, without compromising heat retention. Its team identified the neo Plateau as the perfect solution for its needs.

As a company founded by an architect, the Rooflight Company understands the wants and needs of architects. It appreciates the importance of aesthetics which is why its ranges are designed to complement a building’s design and provide an unobtrusive finish when compared with other options on the market.

The Rooflight Company was founded by architect Peter King more than 25 years ago and in March 2019 made the transition to employee ownership. The news came at the same time as London-based architectural practice Assael revealed that it turned down a large offer from the United States, before also making the decision to become an employee owned company.

neo Plateau gives quality natural daylight without compromising heat retention.

To find out more about the Rooflight Company and its range of rooflights, from conservation to contemporary and bespoke options, visit, call 01993 833108 or email

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