The Best Buildings in Sheffield, England – #3

Posted by // December 26th, 2012 // Architecture No Comments »

At number three is the Sheffield Winter Gardens, a temperate glasshouse measuring over 1,500 square metres which is the largest urban glasshouse in Europe. It was build between 1996 – 2002 and was officially opened in May 2003 at a cost of £5.5 million.


Designed by Pringle Richards Sharratt Architects, the building is made of glued laminated larch arches (composed of several layers of timber bonded with moisture-resistant adhesive). This wood does not require any preservatives or coatings and reduces the use of solvents and chemicals that could cause harm to the plants.

Source: Rob Forrest

It houses more than 2,500 plants, of which there are 150 different species. With the highest point of the arches standing at nearly twenty-one metres, it allows for taller species of trees, such as the Norfolk Island pine and Eucalyptus, to reach maturity. The building’s management system controls the heating and ventilation to ensure that temperatures are kept consistent throughout the year.

Source: Steve Fareham

It is an ideal place to relax and get away from the busy hustle and bustle of city life. With its free entry, huge credit should be given to Sheffield City Council who have ensured this piece of land in the city centre was not given to money generating office or retail space.

Sources: chatirygirl and M Hillier

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