• The Glasshouse was designed by the world renowned architect Lord Norman Foster and Partners

• It is the world’s largest single span Glasshouse measuring 110m (374`) long by 60m (204`) wide

• The internal landscape covers 3500m2 (40500`2), while the glass dome covers 4500m2 (15300`2). The dome is the shape of an elliptical torus and consists of 785 panes of glass, most of which are 4m x 1.5m (13.5` x 5`)

• Each glass plane consist of two 9mm (9/25”) thick sheets of glass with a laminated film in between making a glass sandwich 19.5mm (18/25”) thick in total

• The glass dome is tilted by seven degrees on its axis and is orientated to face south this helps capture the maximum amount of sunlight in a day

• Steel ball-and-socket joints attach 24 tubular arches to the concrete plinth the special joints allow for expansion of the steel ribs which cover the glasshouse

• 147 computer-controlled vents regulate a fully controllable and natural airflow

• Heat is provided from a biomass furnace which, in conjunction with the climate control, prevents the glasshouse temperature falling below nine degrees Celsius

• High, mounted fans, blow air around the glasshouse interior this simulates the windy conditions of the Mediterranean regions and strengthen the plants

• The Glasshouse is divided into five regions including the Mediterranean Basin (and the Canary Islands), Coastal California, Chile, Cape province of south Africa and South Western Australia all within a landscape design by Kathryn Gustafson of Gustafson Porter

• Within the Great Glasshouse (as of April 2013), there were 432 genera of plants, 961 plant species and 1048 plant taxa.