A greenhouse design named Hovering Cube
A greenhouse design named Hovering Cube. A greenhouse design that is named Cube Hovering selected as a winner to adorn the Australian National Botanic Gardens in the Australian capital Canberra.
Architect consultant based in Sydney, CHROFI won a national competition to design the National Conservatory new Ian Potter.
Described as a unique building, this glass box will be home to most tropical plants are rare or endangered in Australia.
“This building serves expectation and surprise. We really think of a different concept for this conservatory, still gives you appeal from the outside, but the mystery of what’s inside until you get in,” said John Choi of CHROFI.
He described his design as a gallery for crops in the 21st century. “Instead of creating a shiny box building, we created a number of rooms that offer diverse space and attract attention so that visitors really enjoy the plants on display inside,” he explained.
Of the 39 participants of the design competition, five finalists have been selected and evaluated a panel of judges.
Illustration top interior designer Ian Potter of the National Conservatory. Supplied: Australian National Botanic Gardens
Director of the Australian National Botanic Gardens Judy West, describing it as a process of selection which is difficult because the participants submit high quality design.
“Most conservatories or greenhouses around the world really building glass and looks quite conservative. We wanted to have something different and CHROFI design certainly has the scale and design are very different, [as well] environmentally friendly too,” he explained.
The unusual design Judy surprising at first. “Oh my God, it’s a box. How is this going to work?” said Judy West.
But a number of architects on the jury panel were able to see the quality of the unique design. “As soon as they saw the design, they like it, before we all loved it too. They thought it was the winner of world-class design,” said Judy.
The conservatory will include plants from Kakadu National Park (Northern Territory) and Christmas Island, as well as plants from seeds in the National Seed Bank.
Ian Potter Foundation donated $ 1.5 million for the project, with the remaining $ 6 million project funded by the Australian Federal Government and through fundraising. Construction will begin next year, and the conservatory is expected to open to the public in 2018.
This conservatory is part of the plan 20 years ahead of this botanical garden.