Conservatories of the World!

Published on 12th June 2014
Love it or loathe it, the World Cup is here again, but whether football is a matter of life and death, or more important than even that, at Apropos we like the way that it never fails to bring people together. In homage to that idea, this week we thought that we’d embrace and unite under the banner of our own passion and introduce you to our favourite conservatories of the world… Ok, we know it’s a tenuous link, but stick with us!

Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore – While not a conservatory that most of us could aspire to (although we’d be delighted to help you if you wanted one leading from your kitchen in Kent!), Singapore high-lighted the beauty and versatility of glass architecture in 2012, with the completion of their Cooled Conservatories. The structure, which won the World Building of the Year award at the World Architecture Festival, contains a 35m high waterfall, a ‘clouded forest’ and a planted footprint of more than 10,100 square meters.

Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco – The oldest conservatory in the western hemisphere, the Conservatory of Flowers was completed in 1878 and has been in constant use ever since. The survivor of several fires and a large earthquake, this is a perfect example of the incredible strength of glass architecture.

Bicentennial Conservatory, Botanical Gardens, Adelaide – Curvilinear in shape, Adelaide’s botanical gardens boasts the largest conservatory in the southern hemisphere. Architecturally, it’s an interesting structure, but its best feature is that it is free to enter and offers visitors the chance to view and conserve threatened plants from the tropical rainforests of northern Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and the Pacific Islands.

Kew, London – We have to support one of the home teams, and in the UK Kew is hard to beat. Although there is an immense ‘Princess of Wales Conservatory’ at Kew, the gardens actually boast a number of glass houses, from the frankly stunning Davies Alpine House, to the world’s most important surviving iron and glass structure; the ornately beautiful Palm House.

And finally, after searching desperately for a conservatory in Brazil, we’ve had to admit defeat and instead we will present you with a Brazilian conservatory plant; the Cane-Stemmed Begonia. With deep red-black leaves and delicate flowers, the cane-stemmed begonia is a warmth-loving plant, which thrives in rich, well-drained compost and would be delighted to keep you company as you watch the World Cup… Just be prepared fora clash of loyalties!

For a consultation with one of Apropos’ Design Experts, or just a chat about your World Cup wins and woes, please call: 0800 328 0033 or click here to order a copy of our latest brochure.

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