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30MAY 2012

Spaceplates Greenhouse / Anne Romme with N55

Posted in Architecture - Pavilion by * FORMAKERS [ GM ]

Anne Romme in collaboration with N55 completed the first building utilizing the SPACEPLATES BUILDING SYSTEM, situated at South Academy, City of Bristol College, Bristol, UK.

© Anne Romme
A greenhouse is a contained quantity of air and light which extends the growing season and enables the thriving of plants otherwise alien to local climate. It creates a bubble of super-nature, where things otherwise impossible becomes possible.

© Anne Romme
Even though almost completely transparent and thus in direct visual contact with its context, the smell, temperature, humidity and taste of things is significantly different than just outside the thin membrane.

© Anne Romme
It enables us to create different kinds or quantities of food, but also to experience different climates and atmospheres. The greenhouse creates a significant place in everyday life.

© Anne Romme
Wedged in on a small piece of land between large parking lots, the SPACEPLATES Greenhouse Bristol functions as a class room and growing space for the horticulture students and their teachers at the South Bristol Skills Academy.

© Anne Romme
The greenhouse enables them to study and grow plants all year round, and will be used for seeding and growing plants for the outdoor gardens adjacent to the site.

© Anne Romme
Unlike Bucky Fuller’s well-known and well-tested domes where the number of different parts are kept at a minimum, the SPACEPLATES BUILDING SYSTEM takes advantage of contemporary technology to mimic more complex naturally occurring geometries. Because of an organic growth principle, they often contain a gradient, and thus many geometrically similar but differently sized parts.

© Anne Romme
This version of the SPACEPLATES Greenhouse is based on the sea urchin geometry, where hexagons are arranged on a geodesic grid on a sphere.

© Anne Romme
Five spheres intersect each other and form a sequence of spaces..

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