The design for the glass house in the botanical garden of Xian refers to the extraordinary fertility and fruitful grounds of the Wei Hei delta of Xian. In this area the initial development of Chinese modern civilization started.
Three glass sculptures lay like big water drops integrated in a smoothly rolling landscape. Underneath the earth these water drops melt together in a natural way. The artificial inner climate of the glasshouse is easily ensured and in a natural way by light, water and soil. The idea to locate the first level in the soil is based on a Yaodong. A traditional kind of cave dwelling which still can be found in the Xian area. The mass of the earth that surrounds the indoor space serves as an effective insulator. It is keeping the inside of the structure relatively warm in cold seasons and cool in hot seasons.
The glittering water drops form a subtle landmark in the park. Smoothly curved shapes in the landscape leads visitors to the entrance of the Glasshouse. Almost as a natural lifted green carpet. From the central hall that is located in between the three gardens one can oversee the restaurant, shops and the logistic area. A fluent route leads along all gardens. A beautiful journey in three different worlds. The subtle course of levels in the gardens creates an unpredictable and exciting walk.
- Gross floor area
- 10,000 sqm
- Aron Bogers, Josine van Gulik, Niels Kranenburg