Designed by Wilkinson Eyre, the Jodrell Laboratory extension is a fantastic energy-efficient architectural gem wrapped in a glass and timber shell. Inside, the lab's 6,561 square foot extension incorporates a mycology herbarium storage, a library, laboratories and plenty of office space. Located at the green and gorgeous Kew Gardens in London, the building was designed for research, but also protects the world's largest fungi collection!
Among the most distinctive features of the building is the inclined timber brise-soleil on the south and west facades, which along with the double skin shell reduce solar intrusion and heat gain. Natural light at the Mycology library comes in through a long and narrow skylight, maintaining the fungi at the right conditions, while keeping the energy usage to a minimum. To maximize daylight and natural cross-ventilation, the offices were designed with various sizes and different height windows that could be left open or closed according to the changing weather.
Exposed internal concrete surfaces reduce the internal temperature and U-values of the building during the warmest days of the year, while cooling the building at night as the heat is released. Low energy high frequency luminaires brightens the Centre for Economic Botany — a world-class plant and fungi lab and research site.
Out in the gardens, a gorgeous aquatic garden full of floating water-lilies is the perfect landmark for a fantastic building that has provided the resources needed to develop anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties from plants.
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