Denmark: Century-old glasshouse morphs into climate classroom

A 105-year-old glasshouse from Copenhagen Botanical Gardens has been taken apart and rebuilt in a new location by architecture studio Forma to create a classroom in the west of the city. Rescued from the brink of demolition, the greenhouse was carefully dismantled and reassembled over a new substructure and floor using as many recycled materials as possible.

Known as Væksthuset, which translates as "the greenhouse," it is now a plant-filled education and events space with a focus on farming and sustainability. Copenhagen-based Forma oversaw the renovation of the climate-conscious BaneGaarden, an urban farm and food venue in southwest Copenhagen.

It is one of the first completed projects by the newly launched studio, which is led by architects Mikkel Bøgh and Nicolai Richter-Friis. Bøgh told Dezeen that, while it would have been easier to build something from scratch, the result is more meaningful.

"We need to design and build so the projects of today can transform and adapt over time, long after we are gone," he said.


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