Gallery: Edinburgh’s Gorgeous John Hope Garden Gateway Wins 2011 Sustai...

 
Inspired by its luscious natural surroundings, the magnificent John Hope Gateway at Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden was designed with social sustainability in mind. Created by award-winning Edward Cullinan Architects, the building hosts an exhibition space, a media studio, a shop, a restaurant, indoor and outdoor educational areas, and a new bio-diversity garden and information center. The groundbreaking green building makes great use of renewable energy, recycles rainwater, takes advantage of passive heating and cooling strategies, and produces little waste.

Officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen in April 2010, the John Hope Gateway just won the 2011 RICS Annual Sustainability Award thanks to its use of low-energy, waste-reducing sustainable systems. The building’s high-tech design incorporates passive building strategies as well as energy-generating renewable systems such as a biomass boiler, solar thermal and photovoltaic panels, and a wind turbine. The building’s name honors the Scottish surgeon and leading botanist who was responsible for unifying parts of the gardens.

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