Today’s greenhouses were built on the site of the original greenhouses between 1995 and 1997, based on a design by the architect Petr Talanda. The greenhouses comprise five tunnel-shaped structures with external steel arches, the whole being covered with cellular polycarbonate sheets with insulating glass at each end. The greenhouses have been designed as exhibition spaces, with four of the buildings primarily serving visitors and the last, which is used for storage, inaccessible to the public. Today, almost 25 years after construction, the greenhouses are having to undergo gradual reconstruction as the humid and warm environment maintained inside is highly aggressive to the construction materials, seals, wiring and so on. Our botanical garden was one of the first in the Czech Republic to construct new greenhouses following the Velvet Revolution, and while they were built using non-traditional technology and new materials for the time, we must say that they have lasted very well since that time, with no major defects. This has also been helped by the fact that the garden management have always aimed for careful maintenance and quick repairs.
The current greenhouses date from 1995 to 1997. Photo: Libor Teplý, 2019.