Designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Davies Alpine House is high-tech glasshouses of Kew in the tradition of the innovative that provides a balanced, sustainable design, energy-efficient growing environment for a world-renowned Kew’s collection of alpine plants. The Davies Alpine House that conceived as two back-to-back arched shape is both the landmark and a welcoming gesture towards visitors to the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (a UNESCO heritage site), in London, United Kingdom. The glass house’s height of the two back-to-back arched structures which create a stack effect, ensures efficient thermal updraught to expel warm air at the top of the building structure.
Additional environmental control is provided by a unique shading solution, a fan-shaped cloth provides protection from sunlight that similar to a peacock’s tail. Underground, air is conducted through a concrete labyrinth where it cools down before being reintroduced at the bottom of the greenhouse.