Great Glasshouse NBGW.

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Dave in Wales, Jun 10, 2015.

  1. Dave in Wales

    Dave in Wales Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 5, 2011
    West Wales
    National Botanic Garden of Wales that is.

    Some facts and figures follow the picture.

    This is with a Samyang 7.5mm FE
    18489739319_6b1fab16ba_c.jpg P6100761-RS by Dave in Wales, on Flickr


    • The Glasshouse was designed by the world renowned architect Lord Norman foster and partners.

    • It is the world’s largest single span Glasshouse measuring 110m (374`) long by 60m (204`) wide.

    • The internal landscape covers 3500m2 (40500`2), while the glass dome covers 4500m2 (15300`2). The dome is the shape of an elliptical torus and consists of 785 panes of glass, most of which are 4m x 1.5m (13.5` x 5`).

    • Each glass plane consist of two 9mm (9/25”) thick sheets of glass with a laminated film in between making a glass sandwich 18mm (18/25”) thick in total.

    • The glass dome is tilted by 7 degrees on its axis and is orientated to face south this helps capture the maximum amount of sunlight in a day.

    • Steel Ball and Socket joints attach 24 tubular arches to the concrete plinth the special joints allow for expansion of the steel ribs which cover the glasshouse.

    • 147 computer controlled vents regulate a fully controllable and natural airflow.

    • Heat is provided from a biomass furnace which in conjunction with the climate control
      prevents the glasshouse temperature falling below 9oC.

    • High mounted fans, blow air around the glasshouse interior this simulates the windy
      conditions of the Mediterranean regions and strengthen the plants.

    • The Glasshouse is divided into 5 regions including the Mediterranean Basin (and the Canary
      Islands), Costal California, Chile, Cape province of south Africa and South Western Australia all within a Katheryn Gustafson Landscape design.
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