Hortus Botanicus (NL)

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Special winter garden in the heart of the centre of Leiden

Place Leiden, the Netherlands
Opening 2000
Design Architect Hubert-Jan Henket
Client Hortus Botanicus
Surface 800 m2, up to 12 meters high

Special construction as botanical garden

Hortus Botanicus is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world (founded in 1638) in the old city of Leiden. The botanical garden is visited by 200.000 of visitors each year. Commisioned by The University of Leiden this greenhouse / conservatory named 'Hortus Academicus Lugduno Batavus' was built by us in the year 2000. In response to the wish of the Hortus to the interior 12 meters high structure was designed.

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Optimal climate control

The winter garden is the home to several large plant collections: as carnivorous plants, potted plants and other rare plants. In addition, it houses large container plants which in summer are brought out. The winter garden has a small restaurant, a bookshop and ticket office, an educational space and sanitation. All these features are housed in a total volume of 800 m².

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Many famous botanical gardens followed

After this, we were commissioned to build glass structures for many more well-known botanical gardens. The most important are ‘The Glasshouse’ for RHS Garden Wisley, the tropical greenhouse for Flora Botanischer Garten in Cologne and the construction of a botanical greenhouse for the Emir in Kuwait. While the temperature there rises to as high as 50 degrees, we realised a greenhouse with 3 climate zones, including a European climate.

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