vineri, 11 aprilie 2008

World's first public gallery of botanical art

The Shirley Sherwood Gallery at Kew Gardens, which opens on Saturday 19 April, will be the first public gallery in the world dedicated to botanical art and will be open to the public all year round. The state-of-the-art gallery, designed by award-winning architects Walters and Cohen, will exhibit precious works of art from the collections of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Dr Shirley Sherwood, many of which have never been on public display before. The gallery will be officially opened by Sir David Attenborough on Thursday 17 April.

Following a very specific brief to create a beautiful and open space that will at the same time preserve the fragile artworks, the gallery is a bit of a technical prodigy. The solution involves a clever ‘box within a box’ structure that ensures visitors can enjoy the views to the magnificent surroundings and the building can still provide the strict environmental conditions needed to protect the treasures inside. The architects also had to put their imagination to the test since the new pavilion had to fit in well with the adjacent Victoria n building, the Marianne North gallery, and sit between two protected TROBI (Tree Register of the British Isles ) trees.

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