SPACEPLATES Greenhouse Bristol

In collaboration with N55
2012

The SPACEPLATES Greenhouse Bristol is the first building to be completed with the SPACEPLATES BUILDING SYSTEM. It is situated at South Bristol Skills Academy, City of Bristol College, Bristol, UK.

PROGRAM

A greenhouse is a contained quantity of air and light which extends the growing season and enables the thriving of plants otherwise alien to local climate. It creates a bubble of super-nature, where things otherwise impossible becomes possible. Even though almost completely transparent and thus in direct visual contact with its context, the smell, temperature, humidity and taste of things is significantly different than just outside the thin membrane. It enables us to create different kinds or quantities of food, but also to experience different climates and atmospheres. The greenhouse creates a significant place in everyday life.

Wedged in on a small piece of land between large parking lots, the SPACEPLATES Greenhouse Bristol functions as a class room and growing space for the horticulture students and their teachers at the South Bristol Skills Academy. The greenhouse enables them to study and grow plants all year round, and will be used for seeding and growing plants for the outdoor gardens adjacent to the site.

GEOMETRY

Unlike Bucky Fuller’s well-known and well-tested domes where the number of different parts are kept at a minimum, the SPACEPLATES BUILDING SYSTEM takes advantage of contemporary technology to mimic more complex naturally occurring geometries. Because of an organic growth principle, they often contain a gradient, and thus many geometrically similar but differently sized parts.

This version of the SPACEPLATES Greenhouse is based on the sea urchin geometry, where hexagons are arranged on a geodesic grid on a sphere. Five spheres intersect each other and form a sequence of spaces.

SIZE
Approximately 80m2

PARTS AND DETAILS
Reinforced concrete foundation
228 aluminum plates, 4 mm thick
174 acrylic plates
Appr. 429 m EPDM rubber profile
Appr. 7400 nuts and bolts
Appr. 400 m sealant

PROJECT CREDITS

Idea and design: Ion Sørvin, N55 and Anne Romme
Engineer: Anne Bagger M.Sc. Ph.D., Daniel Sang-Hoon Lee, M.Eng, Ph.D
Architecture consultant: Erling Sørvin
Fabrication: Danlaser A/S
Local contractor: Kore Construction Ltd
Project consultancy: Ginkgo Projects
Construction team, Bristol: Till Wolfer, Nico Jungel, Sacsha Pölling
Construction team, Copenhagen: Lene Slot, Nicolai Fontain, Jakob Coln, Katrine Romme, Anders Davidsen

 


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