On May 5th, for the first time after major repairs, Temperate House will open the doors to the visitors.
The restoration of the Victorian greenhouse Temperate House in the Kew Botanical Garden lasted five years and cost 41 million pounds. This overhaul is officially recognized as one of the most complex restoration projects on sites, which are under the protection of Unesco.
The largest greenhouse in the world, Temperate House, was designed by the architect Decimus Barton in 1860 and eventually became the "home" for 69,000 plants from around the world. Restoration was carried out by the Donald Insall Associates Bureau: workers replaced 15,000 glass blocks - mostly in the roof of the building, used up 5,280 liters of paint to paint metal structural elements, mounted a high-tech computer-controlled ventilation system and cathode protection against electrocorrosion.