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Corpus Christi College Greenhouse, Oxford by Rick Mather Architects

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Relocation of the gardener’s facilities formed part of the enabling works for a new multi-purpose auditorium at Corpus Christi College

A glass box – made from four pieces of laminated glass and structural silicone – sits on a stone plinth protruding from an existing stone wall. Here, the gardener cultivates his collection of plants and places objects on public display.

The glass box occupies the depth of the adjacent flower beds, which enables diverse planting in the beds to merge with the display in the greenhouse.
Cost: £92,000

 

Architect’s description of glazing detail

The greenhouse is a frameless glass display box on a low stone wall, protruding from the existing garden walls. Behind the walls, the construction is more typical: glazed panels, opening vents and sliding glass doors, all with grey powder-coated frames.

The wall is Taynton stone recycled from the existing garden walls, with lime mortar to match. The stone is tied back to a new concrete substructure.

The glass display box comprises four single panes, joined with high strength structural silicone along the edges. The glass walls are 15mm, clear-float, heat-soaked, toughened safety glass by
Saint-Gobain Sekurit. The glass roof uses the same product but with two 10mm-thick layers, joined with high-strength Dow Corning structural silicone glazing sealant and clear weather-seal silicone. The glass is held in a galvanised steel channel and the junction is concealed by a powder-coated steel angle.

Inside, the benches are stained softwood with softwood framing. The pivoting gate is Iroko and the hidden shed is from B&Q.

Rick Mather Architects

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