Name, first nameNina HemmerijckxYear of birth1992UniversityHEADField of Interest / research fieldDesign Research and ReflectionTitle of projectHortulan VoyageAbstractThe relationship that mankind has with plants,
gardens and the architecture related to them, is a long one. It is a long-lasting and complex history, with many cultural evolutions and opinions within it.
In this thesis, the focus will be on the Winter Gardens of the 19th century in Great Britain and the relation this architectural typology has towards the creation of an artificial paradise.

There is a longing to create the experience of an illusion, within this paradise. The growing plants and man-made forms were juxtaposed to create this artificial paradise1 . What can be understood by nature enclosed in a glass case? And where lies its origin? What can be understood by this artificial paradise? Where does this paradise come from? What precisely is this experience of an illusion in the context of this artificial paradise? How did the man-made forms
encounter with the growing plants? And how were these man-made forms and plants used to create an experience of an illusion?

I would like to investigate the questions: why and how does the Winter Garden in 19th century Great Britain represent the experience of an illusion?
Somerleyton Hall, in Suffolk, Great Britain, from
1843-1862 is the case study that will be used to explore this. During this period, the estate belonged to Sir Morton Peto (1804-1889) and its Winter Garden was built by British sculptor and architect John Thomas (1813-1862). The specific analysis of this case study will offer a possible explanation to these questions, giving an overall frame and a thread throughout this thesis.
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