The arched shape of this greenhouse is both a new landmark and a welcoming gesture towards visitors to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew (a UNESCO heritage site). In the tradition of the innovative, high-tech glasshouses of Kew, this design provides a balanced, energy-efficient growing climate for Kew's collection of Alpine plants. The height of the two back-to-back arched structures ensures efficient thermal updraught to expel warm air at the top of the structure. A fan-shaped cloth provides protection from sunlight. Underground, air is conducted through a concrete labyrinth where it cools down before being reintroduced at the bottom of the greenhouse.
Check out www.kew.org/visitor/timeskew.html for the opening hours.
How to get there?
Kew is situated on the south bank of the River Thames near Richmond, about 10 km south-west of London. The "Tube" (London Underground) is the best way to get to Kew from the centre or West End of London. From north London, Silverlink trains run directly to Kew Gardens station.