Great Glass House

Assessing the impact on the landscape and ecosystems; increasing density and introducing a mixture of uses; satisfying demand for food and agriculture; and regenerating brownfield and remediating contaminated land.

Great Glass House
UK
1995 - 2000

The Great Glass House at the National Botanic Garden of Wales is the largest single-span glasshouse in the world. It contains more than a thousand plant species – many endangered – and conserves specimens from Mediterranean climates around the globe. The main design goal was to create a building to preserve endangered species in an environmentally responsible manner. Careful consideration was given to optimising energy use to create the microclimate of the Glass House. Heating comes from a biomass boiler, which is fed with off-cuttings from the surrounding area, thus producing a broadly carbon neutral fuel source.