Royal Greenhouses Laeken Belgium
At the time of their construction (1874-1905) the Royal Greenhouses at Laeken (Brussels) 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. The total floor surface of this immense complex is 2.5 hectares (270,000 square feet).
The complex can only be visited during a three-week period in April-May each year, when most flowers are in full bloom. A large photobook is published in April 2019 with new photographs by Karin Borghouts and unpublished archival photographs and drawings of the Belgian Royal Palace. Karin Borghouts is photographing in the Royal Greenhouses since 2010.
The Royal Greenhouses of Laeken
Text by Irene Smets en Baudouin D’Hoore
Photography by Karin Borghouts and archival images
Graphic design by Ann Walkers
Hardcover, 280 x 240 mm, 144 p, in four languages
Launch April 2019
Dutch: ISBN: 9789085867937
English: ISBN: 9789085867951
French: ISBN: 9789085867968
German: ISBN: 9789085867975