Hope for garden gateway
October 24 2008
By early 2009 the two storey timber and steel building will provide permanent and temporary exhibition spaces, a real life science lab, a biodiversity garden, a shop, an outdoor sales area covered by a fabric canopy, a café and restaurant.
Buro Happold are conscious of their sensitive surrounds and have thus employed a strong sustainability and biodiversity ethos in their design of structural, façade and fire systems.
Proving that sustainability isn’t all hot air, heating will be provided by a biomass boiler, partly fuelled by plant waste from the gardens. A roof mounted helical wind turbine will provide a proportion of electrical power.
Softwood timber will feature prominently providing both structural stability and a set piece helical stair.
Images provided by Buro Happold/Alan McAteer
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