A snail-shaped hothouse cladded with EFTE foil cushions now embellishes the Aarhus Botanical Gardens. The hothouse was designed by C.F. Møller Architects with an emphasis on sustainable design and advanced computer technology.
C.F. Møller Architects also designed the original hothouse in 1969, which became a national icon of hothouse architecture. It was therefore very important that the new building would interact with the existing one.
The public can go exploring inside the transparent dome where they will find tropical plants, trees and flowers. There is also a small pond located in the centre of the space.
“The competition sought an independent and distinctive new palm house, but it was essential for us to ensure that the new building would function well in interplay with the old one,” says Tom Danielsen, architect and partner with C.F. Møller Architects.
The entire project also includes a comprehensive restoration of the old hothouse, in which the palm house will become a new botanical knowledge centre aimed at the general public.
Energy-saving Design Solutions
The design of the new dome is based on energy-conserving solutions as well as knowledge of materials, indoor climate and technology.
The architects and engineers ensured that the form of the dome and energy consumption interact in the best possible way while making optimal use of sunlight.