Named after one of the most visionary leaders in the history of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, the John Hope Gateway is one of the best visitor welcome buildings of any botanic garden in the world.
Completed in 2009 and opened by HM The Queen the following year, it was designed to create new spaces for exhibitions, education, dining, retail and events, enabling the public to learn more about the work of the Garden, as well as providing them with a light and airy space to socialise whatever the weather.
It has been included in the Royal Institute of Architecture’s list of the top 100 buildings in Scotland in the last 100 years. Edward Cullinan Architects were tasked with making the building as ‘green’ as possible, including a range of features make it more environmentally sustainable.
The Gateway was designed with the contours, paths and trees of the Garden in mind, providing a lens through which to experience it.
Features of the building include a 60m curved glass wall which provides views onto the biodiversity garden, a slate wall which guides visitors from the Gateway up towards the historic Inverleith House, and the beautiful curving staircase in the centre of the building, which creates different images in people’s minds – from a vine to a strand of DNA.
Enjoy the Gateway Restaurant and Botanics Shop, as well as temporary and permanent exhibitions, and a programme of events in the Real Life Science Studio.