Education and Interpretation Centre
The Education and Interpretation Centre is designed to be a public place providing facilities to educate and interpret the University of Cambridge’s Botanic Garden to visitors as well as uniting the Garden staff in new offices.
The Centre accommodates a variety of functions – dining areas, exhibition spaces, offices and conference facilities – while building in flexibility for future change of use.
The gothic arched shape of the lamella structure is evocative of the Glasshouse architecture, tying the building in to a lineage of heroic garden architecture, whilst also being conducive to natural ventilation, good daylighting and solar shading.
The Centre is designed to be an exemplar of sustainable design which is to be demonstrable to visitors and to the city of Cambridge.