Opening of the Greenhouses in the Botanical Gardens

Opening of the Greenhouses in the Botanical Gardens - C.F. Møller. Photo: Quintin Lake

11.9.2014 | Following thorough renovation of the original greenhouses and the construction of a new tropical greenhouse, the Greenhouses of the University of Aarhus have been transformed into an innovative experience and learning centre. The official opening takes place on September 12.

 

The project includes a comprehensive restoration of the greenhouse in the Botanic Garden in Aarhus originally designed by C.F. Møller in 1969. The existing palm house, which had been literally outgrown, is transformed into a botanical knowledge centre and public café, and the complex is extended with a new, 18 metres tall tropical greenhouse, in which the public can go exploring among the tree-tops.

The existing snail-shaped building was well adapted to its surroundings, and the new design integrates closely with the flowing, organic architectural forms. At the same time, the new hothouse is based on energy-conserving design solutions and on knowledge of materials, indoor climate and technology. Advanced calculations have ensured that form and energy consumption interact in the best possible manner.

The domed shape and the building's orientation in relation to the points of the compass have been chosen because this precise format gives the smallest surface area coupled with the largest volume, as well as the best possible sunlight incidence in winter, and the least possible in summer. The light transparent dome is clad with ETFE foil cushions with an integrated pneumatic shading system.

C.F. Møller Architects, C.F. Møller Landscape and Søren Jensen Engineers have designed the project, for the client the Danish University and Property Agency in cooperation with the Realdania foundation and the Municipality of Aarhus. Based on the research environment at the University of Aarhus, and the unique collections of plants, the Greenhouses will provide the future framework for science experiences and learning. From Saturday September 13, the Greenhouses are open to all visitors.

 

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