Kew Gardens’ Glasshouses
Kew Gardens are a huge Botanical Garden southwest of London, in Richmond. You can walk around for a day and not see it all.
In the middle of the 19th century, as the garden grew to 26 hectares, the director decisided to build a glasshouse to shelter tropical palms. The architect Decimus Burton and the ironfounder Richard Turner designed a glasshouse of pure form, the Palm House, which reminds me of the Obscure City Calvani’s buildings.
Each aisle and the center of the building are topped by a long gallery.
As the Palm House shelters tropical plants, steam jets are used to create the atmosphere they need, materialising the light.
Built in 1899, the Temperate House is another of Kew many glasshouses.
Another very interesting greenhouse is the tent-looking Princess of Wales glasshouse, built in the 1980s, as it assembles various closed spaces with different climates and of different sizes.