Zwarts & Jansma
Johan van der Mey
J.M. van der Mey (oorspr. ontw. 1912)
The Botanical Gardens in Amsterdam contain buildings from various periods, including a laboratory block from 1912 by Johan van der Mey, who actually only designed the facade. When the gardens were privatized, the existing buildings were restored and a new glasshouse built of 1500 square metres in three zones each with its own climate: tropical, subtropical and desert. The building resorts to standard elements deriving from glasshouse construction, though the supporting structure is a new departure. A tension network of cables acts on steel compression bars along four axes in eight directions.