Kew Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives Wing
The new Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives wing secures the status of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew as the world leader for the study of plant diversity and conservation. Climate-controlled vaults safeguard existing and future collections of herbarium specimens, rare botanical books, illustrations and archives.
It has also created opportunities for more people to make the most of its unique resources. A condition for funding for the new Herbarium – as part of a World Heritage Site – was to open the collections up to a wider audience.
There are now large rooms for research and collaboration and a reading room open to the public by appointment. A new entrance with a generous reception area, facilities for school groups, and a dedicated space for visiting researchers all attract and encourage visitors.
The new Herbarium is a beautiful, modern building and its curving forms sit sympathetically with a listed building and the magnificent trees on the bank of the River Thames.