Photos: Markus Bertschi
Switzerland is certainly a far cry from a tropical oasis, but Buehrer Wuest Architekten has designed this stunning greenhouse to grow warm climate-plants like bananas and papayas inside the Gruningen Botanical Garden. Inspired by organic shapes found in nature, the steel and glass greenhouse echoes a cluster of trees and branches that create a gorgeous light-filled canopy for these delicious plants to grow in peace.
Giant steel beams act as tree trunks and branches that support enormous glass walls and roofs. Different planting areas are separated by glass screens that keep the design open and continuous to keep it from imposing on the surrounding gardens. The pavilion is so striking and simple that it harmonizes perfectly with the nearby forest.