The Davies Alpine House - Kew Gardens, UK

Wilkinson Eyre
Date Built
Kew Gardens
The architects say of the structure that, "The glasshouse is conceived as two back-to-back arches which create a stack effect to draw warm air out of the building. Below ground level, air is pushed into a concrete labyrinth for cooling, and then recirculated around the perimeter of the house via a series of displacement pipes. Further environmental control is provided by a unique shading solution based on a fan-like form similar to a peacock’s tail."

It is the first glasshouse commissioned at Kew in two decades.  The RIBA website says that, "The synthesis of structure, surface, and environmental control combine to provide an enclosure worthy of the history of the great botanical structures at Kew."  It was considered for the Stirling Award short list.