Dunedin Botanical Gardens
A world in one
A modern and technologically advanced facility was designed by McCoy & Wixon architects to make the most of natural elements, such as the sun. The highly specialised glasshouse, divided into 8 different compartments, can simulate environmental conditions tailored to the plants it hosts, from arid deserts to tropical forests and subalpine mountains.
This project was not a traditional build as it also included some technical and specialised services, including very complex systems ($1million plus) that keep the ambient conditions of each habitat to the set values all year round. Temperature, solar gain, irrigation and humidity levels are all computer controlled.
A local team of quality service consultants and subcontractors worked together to provide the installation needed to control the many habitats.
The propagation shed is built from simple, sustainable materials which were selected to endure the test of time and weather in a facility that is built for performance, not for show. Exterior cladding of profiled steel is supported by a steel and pine structure. Interior linings of pine ply are used extensively on walls, ceilings and workbenches. The glasshouse structure is a mix of steel and polycarbonate.