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The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

RBGE Visitor Gateway, Inverleith won by Edward Cullinan Architects

post updated 6 January 2022 ; 12 May 2016

The Ideal Hut Show in Edinburgh

The Ideal Hut Show in Edinburgh design by Eva Jiricna

info + photos of these hut designs by well known architects such as Eva Jiricna, Ian Ritchie and Malcolm Fraser:

30 Apr – 30 May 2016 – 10am-6pm


The Ideal Hut Show in Edinburgh designs

Located at The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh visitor centre building design by Edward Cullinan Architects:

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh visitor centre building

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh visitor centre building

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh visitor centre building

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh visitor centre building

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh visitor centre building

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh visitor centre building

Inverleith House:
Inverleith House Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh building
photographs © Adrian Welch

Botanic Gardens Edinburgh Buildings

Botanics – Palm House
Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh
building image © Adrian Welch, Jan 2007
Prince Charles opens the refurbished Palm House at Edinburgh Botanic Gardens: £415k over 18 months, tallest Victorian glasshouse in the world, overseen by Simpson & Brown Architects, Edinburgh
17 Mar 2005

Edinburgh Botanic Gardens Competition
included Snøhetta, etc – won by Edward Cullinan Architects Sep 2003

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Edward Cullinan Architects
gardens images from RBGE

Edinburgh Botanic Gardens Photos

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Competition – Building PR:
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh [RBGE], in association with the RIAS Consultancy from the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, today announced the winner of the competition to select an architect for its new visitor gateway facility. Edward Cullinan Architects based in London, are now commissioned to develop designs for its first-ever purpose built visitor facility at the West Gate [Arboretum Place] entrance to the Botanic Garden.

Professor Stephen Blackmore, RBGE Regius Keeper, said;
“This is a really exciting time for us. Over 660,000 visitors come to the Garden each year. Many are unaware that we are a world leader in plant research and global conservation. With a new visitor facility we will have the chance to explain the importance of plants and the important role of RBGE. I am delighted Edward Cullinan Architects have been appointed and all of us at the Garden look forward to collaborating with them in the development of an iconic building that will have all the facilities that you would expect from one of the world’s major heritage sites”.

Edinburgh Botanic Gardens – Background:
Established in 1670 as a physic garden beside Holyrood house before moving in 1820 to its present site at Inverleith [just one mile north of the City Centre], the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, which is the third most visited attraction in Edinburgh, occupies over 72 acres and is home to over 15,500 plant species. Acknowledged to be one of the top five botanic gardens in the world, the RBGE primary remit is as an internationally renowned scientific centre dedicated to the study and conservation of plants.

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh Competition

Gordon Murray, President of the RIAS and one of the judges, added;
“This is a significant architectural competition for Scotland and accords well with the RIAS and Scottish Executive Architecture Policy objective of promoting competitions as a means of achieving design quality and of matching client ambitions with a suitable architect. It is an indication that the profession in Scotland is in good health with a local practice on the shortlist of four from an international field of stature.

The purpose of the competition was to select an architect who understood the aspirations of the client and who could deliver a facility commensurate with the Gardens status as a visitor attraction and as an internationally renowned centre of excellence. We are sure that with Edward Cullinan Architects, RBGE have now found that architect.”

Launched in April 2003, the competition saw over 60 submissions from all over Europe from which a shortlist of ten applicants was chosen before four finalists [Hopkins Architects, Edward Cullinan Architects, Wilkinson Eyre and Richard Murphy Architects], were asked to present ideas and design strategies.

Professor Blackmore continued “The high standard of final submissions was overwhelming which made the decision difficult but Edward Cullinan Architects demonstrated a clear understanding of what the Garden’s new visitor gateway must achieve. They considered the challenges that the facility needs to overcome, gave consideration to the sensitivities of its surroundings and understood that the facility should be a means to exploring our unique living collections”.

The brief for the new Edinburgh Botanic Gardens buildings which will include innovative interpretation and orientation facilities, events spaces, restaurant and retail outlets is to be developed to design stage over the coming months.

The Edinburgh Botanic Gardens competition process was managed on behalf of the RBGE by the Competitions Unit of Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. The Botanics Gateway judging panel was chaired by Colin Ross [RBGE Architect advisor] and comprised: Professor Stephen Blackmore, Regius Keeper, RBGE; Sir Charles Fraser, RBGE Working Group; Barbara Kelly, Trustee, RBGE; Alasdair Macnab, Director of Corporate Services, RBGE; Brian Moore, Director RIAS Consultancy; Gordon Murray , President, RIAS; Dr Paul Nicholson Chairman of the Board of Trustees, RBGE; David Mathewson, Trustee, RBGE and David Rae, Director of Horticulture, RBGE.

Botanic Gardens Edinburgh Competition / Building PR 2003

Edward Cullinan

Edward Cullinan Architects in Edinburgh:
Botanic Gardens Edinburgh Gateway

Herbarium and Library – Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20A Inverleith Row
1964; extended 1997 + 2006

This is one of largest botanical libraries in Europe. The collection has approximately 3 million preserved plant specimens.

Inverleith Park Gates, opposite the Botanics Gateway:
Inverleith Park Gates Inverleith Park Gates
images © Adrian Welch

Edinburgh Walking Tours : Architecture Walking Tours

Prior to the Botanic Gardens project Edward Cullinan Architects have previously only completed sketch proposals in Edinburgh – see Haymarket – but have yet to complete a building.

Scottish Capital Architecture

Contemporary Architecture in the Scottish Capital City – architectural selection below:

Royal Museum of Scotland

Scottish Parliament


Royal Mile Buildings

Buildings / photos for the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Architecture by Edward Cullinan Architects based in London, England, UK, page welcome