Sabtu, 19 September 2009

Royal Laeken Greenhouses, Brussels Belgium


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Alphonse Balat designed the Serres Royales de Laeken in 1873 for King Leopold II. Albert Sachsenteschen of Belgium and his wife Marie Christine of Autria had built the Laeken Gardens in 1782. It didn't take long, however, until Napoleon invaded and made the palace his own residence. It was designed after the French style, in an English style garden, which further was built French by Napoleon.

King William I took power after Napoleon, followed by King Leopold II who had the greenhouses built. Balat used modern construction techniques of glass and steel to create the largest glass structure in Europe. New temperature control techniques allowed exotic plants to grow inside. The project includes a "Congo House" that expressed the growing enthusiasm for African cultures.

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