The Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh is built for growing and researching plant life and explaining their uses.
“The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) was founded in the 17th century as a physic garden. Now it extends over four Gardens boasting a rich living collection of plants, and is a world-renowned centre for plant science and education.”
The building has added a modern feel and look to the gardens and presents a variety of unique architectural concepts, ideas and modern interior design that is impressive to view. The modern architecture is inspiring and impressive for what they have achieved with mostly lumber and other renewable materials.
Lots of lumber and renewable materials have been used in its construction. Glass has been used in abundance to help with natural lighting and naturally occurring heating in the summer months. This helps make the John Hope Gateway efficient and cheap to run. There are many features inside that promote a clean environment such as the plants and trees inside and informative energy efficiency and design displays.
They also have RBGE estimated that their current recycling rate is approximately 30%; future planned monitoring will provide more robust data on performance. Paper cups were found to make up the bulk of the East Gate’s coffee bar waste. Discussions took place with Zero Waste Scotland to find a suitable container to segregate paper cups, along with the plastic lids and waste liquids.
The building as a whole has been designed well to have a minimal ecological impact and they are working to educate visitors through their education rooms and their dedicated biodiversity gardens.
In conclusion, the visitor center is a great break from the older buildings in Edinburgh and a good way to learn about the biodiversity within the gardens. There is also extras such as a gift shop and an area that sells plants.