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Danish-designed 'sea urchin' greenhouses land in Bristol

Copenhagen-based design collective N55 with architect Anne Romme has completed this £67,000 greenhouse at the City of Bristol College’s South Bristol Skills Academy

According to the design team, the inspiration for the aluminium and polycarbonate building at Hengrove Park in Bristol came from ‘the pure plate structure occurring in natural structures such as sea urchins, and is based on a hexagonal geometry’.

A spokesman said: ‘Pure plate structures combine compression and tension forces working within the cladding materials, and therefore need no primary supportive structure. [It] is also an elegant way of creating doubly-curved forms. Unlike the triangulated lattice structures that are frequently used in much contemporary architecture, in ‘pure plate’ structure the structural system and the cladding is one and the same thing. The geometrical and structural characteristics allow for extremely economical and simple building systems at any scale from small units to larger spans.

The was commissioned by City of Bristol College and curated by public art consultancy Ginkgo Projects. Groundworks were supplied by Bristol-based Kore Construction.

Project data

Architects: N55 & Anne Romme
Location: South Bristol Skills Academy, The Boulevard, Hengrove Park, Bristol, BS14 0DB
Type Of Project: Art/architecture
Structural Engineers: Anne Bagger
Project Architect: Anne Romme
Design Team: City of Bristol College (client), N55 (designer), Ginkgo Projects (Project manager)
Client: City of Bristol College
Tender date: N/A
Gross internal floor area: 89.8 m2 (the building is only 13.4metres x 6.7metres)
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: Kore Construction, Two Wests and Elliott
Annual co2 emissions: not known

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