Hortus Botanicus (NL)

Hortus Botanicus Leiden 04

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

Venlo construction as botanical garden for large plant collection

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 Venlo structure was designed.

Optimal climate control for large plant collection

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.