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Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Gardens unveil Alpine glasshouse

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November 28 2013

Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Gardens unveil Alpine glasshouse
The first new glasshouse to be built in Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden for over 30 years has been unveiled by its architects, Smith Scott Mullan Associates.

Built to house and displays a variety of alpine plants it incorporate a planted rock form which extends into the surrounding landscape.

The design provides the plants with ideal conditions of light, ventilation and shelter and employs a striking form intended to be reminiscent of the jagged peaks of an alpine skyline.

This takes the form of a 7mk tall rhomboid of glass, Tufa and stainless steel which provides both an optimal climatic environment and structural drama.
An area of 82sq/m is enclosed by the glasshouse
An area of 82sq/m is enclosed by the glasshouse
The dramatic form was dictated both by aesthetics and climate
The dramatic form was dictated both by aesthetics and climate

2 Comments

Roberto
#1 Posted by Roberto on 28 Nov 2013 at 09:51 AM
The concept is completely obscured by the chunky monkey steelwork.
Pete Pedant
#2 Posted by Pete Pedant on 29 Nov 2013 at 11:11 AM
Also, is it not more of a glass canopy than a glasshouse?

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