Gallery: London’s Kew Gardens Herbarium Uses Underground Cooling and Ho...

Founded in 1853, the Herbarium, Library & Archives building at London's luscious Kew Gardens is the world's leading center for the study of plant diversity. Since opening more than a century ago, the original building has housed a botanic library and dried plant specimens. Only recently did a need to expand the space come about, calling for a new sustainable environment that could protect the building's precious contents from fire, flood, humidity and infestation. Edward Cullinan Architects were called for the job, and the team created a new, three-story wing made from glass and locally sourced timber. Beyond being beautiful, the sustainable systems employed in both heating and cooling the building have garnered it some noteworthy green cred, including a BREEAM 'Excellent' mark.

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