Located in the gardens of the historic property in West Sussex, the Glasshouse is a sculptural and kinetic greenhouse filled with 300 species of subtropical trees and plants.
It is constructed of 1- steel and glass components that Heatherwick Studio describe as “sepals” – leaves that protect the buds of growing flowers.
These elements are engineered to open using a hydraulic mechanism and provide sunlight and ventilation for the greenery encased within them.
The studio said the structure was informed by Victorium terrariums and intended to resemble a jewel within the landscape before opening into a pointed crown-like form.
It also serves an educational purpose as both the garden and plants within the conservatory were landscaped to illustrate how the Silk Road – an ancient network of trading routes between Europe and Asia – has influenced the development of British horticulture.
The video is courtesy of Heatherwick Studio.
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