Greenhouse in the Botanic Garden, University of Aarhus. C.F. Møller. Photo: Quintin Lake

Greenhouse in the Botanic Garden, University of Aarhus

The project includes a comprehensive restoration of the old greenhouse in the Botanic Garden in Aarhus originally designed by C.F. Møller.
 Greenhouse in the Botanic Garden, University of Aarhus. C.F. Møller. Photo: C.F. Møller


The University of Aarhus by Danish University and Property Agency


Aarhus, Denmark


3,586 m² (1,586 m² new tropical hothouse and 2,000 m² renovation and rebuild of existing hothouse)




1. prize in architectural competition. 2009


Søren Jensen Rådgivende Ingeniørfirma


C.F. Møller Architects


C.F. Møller Architects


Sculptor Karin Lorentzen

  • Special Mention in the Architizer A+ Awards for the Plus Categories | Concepts: Architecture +Engineering category.. 2016
  • Shortlisted for Blueprint Award, Best Sustainable Project. 2016
  • The Chicago Athenaeum: International Architecture Award. 2016
  • Civic Trust Award - Regional Finalist. 2015
  • Aarhus Municipality Architecture Award. 2014
  • Shortlisted for Structural Award in the Sustainabilty category. 2013
  • 1. prize in architectural competition. 2009

In the restoration the palm house has become a new botanical knowledge centre, at the same time as the complex is extended with a new, 18 metres high tropical greenhouse, in which the public can go exploring among the tree-tops.

The existing snail-shaped greenhouse was well adapted to its surroundings, and it has been important to bear the existing architectural values in mind when designing the new one. The new greenhouse also uses the organic form, which is, at the same time, based on energy-conserving design solutions and on a 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.

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