Victoria regia's bequest to modern architecture

Nielsen, David (2010) Victoria regia's bequest to modern architecture. In Design and Nature V : Comparing Design in Nature with Science and Engineering. WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment, WIT Press, Pisa, pp. 64-76.

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This paper will explore the relationship between the giant South American waterlily, the Victoria regia (today named Victoria amazonica), and the 1914 Glashaus exposition building by the German architect, Bruno Taut. Starting with a general botanical introduction of Victoria regia, the paper exposes the first European cultivation of the lily by Joseph Paxton at Chatsworth,England, in 1849. Following this initial cultivation, Paxton subsequently develops a specialist greenhouse for the plant, that later becomes the prototype for all Victoria regia greenhouses. However, from about 1860 as Victoria regia cultivation spreads to continental Europe, a greenhouse that differs from Paxton’s prototype subsequently evolves. An investigation of these later continental European greenhouses, coupled with an exposure of Taut’s own writings concerning Victoria regia, reveals startling similarities to the Glashaus, which ultimately reveals the Glashaus as directly inspired by Victoria regia.

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ID Code: 33157
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Bruno Taut, Glashaus, Joseph Paxton, Victoria Regia
ISBN: 9781845644543
ISSN: 1746-448X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Science and Technology (incl. Acoustics Lighting Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design) (120104)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 David Nielsen
Deposited On: 15 Jul 2010 22:03
Last Modified: 28 May 2012 22:03

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