Worlds largest Victorian glasshouse receives a glorious restoration

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After five years of restoration work, the iconic Temperate House recently reopened to the public, bringing with it an astounding 10,000 plants—many of which are rare and threatened. Designed by Decimus Burston and completed in 1899, the Temperate House is the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse and iconic landmark of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. To restore the building back to its full glory, Donald Insall Associates was called upon to sensitively renovate the greenhouse and insert modern… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Cold front turns Niagara Falls into a glorious icy wonderland

In case you hadn’t heard: it’s cold in th Eastern half of North America. Very cold. In fact, it’s so cold that the normally roaring Niagara Falls have frozen over, leaving a mesmerizing massive wall of ice.

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The frigid temperatures east of the Rocky Mountains have been setting new records. This week, it has been -15 Faranheit in Niagara Falls, while Edmonton in Alberta felt like -40 degrees… that’s colder than Mars is right… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building