Conservatories of the World!Published on 15th August 2019
When you think of a conservatory, it’s difficult not to picture a white uPVC box bolted on to the back of your property. Even today, with modern conservatories becoming more and more popular, the word conservatory isn’t very inspiring.
We’re here to change that with a look at some incredible conservatories from around the world. Take a look and see what you think…
Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
While not a conservatory most could aspire to (although we’re happy to help you if you wanted one leading from your kitchen), Singapore highlighted 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. If cool wasn’t a word you previously associated with the conservatory, think again!
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. As well as making a great place for the Knight of Flowers to relax when he isn’t polishing his golden armour.
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. It’s best feature though is that it is free to enter and offers visitors the chance to view and conserve threatened plants from the tropical rain forests of northern Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and the Pacific Islands. Pretty cool, huh?
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.
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