Join us in Completing the Glasshouse Lantern

The last 12 months have seen exciting new additions to Global Generation’s work with the development of our current Skip Garden. Structures that were built by students from UCL Bartlett School of Architecture are now gaining national recognition and there is more to come, writes Jane Riddiford.

Walk into the Skip Garden and on the right hand side, above the wetland dining area, you will notice a Kinetic Roof. This impressive ‘Welcome Shelter’ designed and built by Charlie Redman recently won the Architecture Journal small projects award. Supervising Tutor Jan Kattein says, “this is one of the most significant awards there is for projects with a construction budget of less than £250k.” See here for more info.

We are now doing a big push to complete the giant glasshouse lantern which sits at the far end of the garden. We will enter it into next year’s competition, as well as London design week. The glasshouse, designed and partly built by Rachael Taylor and supported by Expedition structural engineering firm is made of reclaimed sash windows. There is still much work to be done to bring the glasshouse to completion. The plan is to employ a team of people to finish the final walls, the internal staging, solar powered electrics and fit out. We need to raise £5,000 and your donation would be greatly appreciated. 

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"Building and designing the glass house lantern has been an exciting journey and valuable learning experience for me but the aim was always that the building became a tool to provide learning experiences for others, which is why I’m so excited about this next step" – Rachael Taylor

Not only will the Glasshouse become a much needed year round growing space, it will also be a workshop and exhibition space.  Over the coming year we will involve local children and young people in an arts project called ‘Elements’. Working with creative writing, photography, video and performance they will tell the story of light and water in the journey of the Universe; from our deep time history to the current climate crisis. A lighting structure will be created to sit at the top of the glasshouse, which will illuminate the Skip Garden at night.

All financial donations will be gratefully received, we need to raise £5,000 by May 1st. Please circulate this to anyone you think would be interested in supporting us and let us know if you have other ways you would like to contribute.