LKE Ozolins Studentship

Henrik Schoenefeldt

Transformation of the Horticultural Glasshouse Prototype for Human Habitation 

Henrik Schoenefeldt, RIBA LKE Ozolins Studentship 2008

M. Blondin’s First Ascent at the Crystal Palace, Illustrated Times, 8 June 1861, p. 370

Newspaper image of Monsieur Blondin crossing of the tightrope inside the central transept, showing the awnings suspended from the vault (M. Blondin's First Ascent at the Crystal Palace, Illustrated Times, 8 June 1861, p. 370)

This PhD research investigates the evolution of the horticultural glasshouse and pioneering efforts by the horticulturist Joseph Paxton to adopt it for human occupation. This thesis is based on in-depth case studies of the Palm House (1844-48), the 1851 Great Exhibition building (1850-51) and the Crystal Palace at Sydenham (1852-54) and explores the peculiar working methods and agenda underlying the development of glasshouse design and Paxton's efforts to transform the glasshouse into a building for human occupation.

To read a comprehensive summary of Henrik's research, view the document below.




Henrik Schoenefeldt studied architecture at the Prince's Foundation, Portsmouth University and TU-Wien. He was awarded an M.Phil in Environmental Design at the University of Cambridge, where he did a PhD on the role of environmental design experimentation in the development of glass architecture in the nineteenth century under the supervision of Professor Alan Short. During his PhD Henrik was co-organiser of the Martin Centre's Wednesday Research Seminar Series, various PhD Colloquia. He has also been supervising undergraduate students in the history and theory of architecture at the Department of Architecture. He has been offered a three-year Junior Research Fellowship at Hughes Hall, Cambridge, starting in October 2011. The proposed postdoctoral research will comprise the study of natural ventilation in British hospital design from the late 18th to the mid-twentieth century and research into the development of climate conscious architecture in the British colonies between 1815 and 1914 and its influence on architectural theory and practice in England.

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