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Academic & Professional Books  Botany  Plants & Gardens

Les Serres Royales de Laeken [The Royal Greenhouses of Laeken] Une Incomparable Collection de Plantes dans une Cité de Verre

By: Irene Smets(Author), Karin Borghouts(Illustrator), Michèle Tys(Translated by)
80 pages, 50 colour photos, b/w illustrations
Publisher: BAI Publishers
Les Serres Royales de Laeken [The Royal Greenhouses of Laeken]
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Language: French

At the time of their construction (1874-1905) the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken were quite exceptional owing to their scale, the modernity of their architectural design in glass and metal, and the unique botanical collection that they housed. They remain a remarkable monument even in the 21st century: simultaneously grand and refined, exotic and functional, exuberant and harmoniously composed. And the botanical collection remains unique to this day thanks to its size and diversity, and thanks to the rarity and beauty of many of its trees and plants.

This new, updated BAI publication considers all aspects of the Royal Greenhouses: the architecture, the botanical diversity, the history and Queen Elisabeth's sculpture studio. The glorious photographs taken by Karin Borghouts are a fitting tribute to the splendour of this palace of glass and the flora that it contains.

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À l'époque de leur construction (1874-1905), les Serres Royales de Laeken étaient extraordinaires à plusieurs titres : en raison de leur étendue, de leur architecture moderne toute en verre et en métal, mais aussi de la collection botanique qu'elles abritaient, unique en son genre. Au XXIe siècle, elles restent un monument remarquable, à la fois grandiose et raffiné, exotique et fonctionnel, exubérant et harmonieux. Quant à la collection de plantes, elle frappe aujourd'hui encore par sa richesse et sa diversité, ainsi que par la rareté et la beauté de certains spécimens.

Aucun aspect des Serres Royales n'est oublié dans le nouveau guide édité par BAI : l'architecture, la richesse botanique, l'histoire, l'atelier de sculpture de la reine Elisabeth. Les superbes photos de Karin Borghouts rendent fidèlement la splendeur de ce palais de verre et de la flore qu'il accueille.

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