Creating the right internal climate for the Crystal Palace

Schoenefeldt, Henrik (2012) Creating the right internal climate for the Crystal Palace. Journal of Engineering History and Heritage, 165 (3). pp. 197-207. ISSN 1757-9449. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This paper explores Joseph Paxton's experiments with climate control inside glasshouses between 1830 and 1850 and how he exploited this experience to achieve the right internal climate for the 1851 Crystal Palace in Hyde Park. The first part investigates various solutions for ventilation and the management of solar radiation, heat loss and humidity inside glass structures that Paxton had developed before his engagement at Hyde Park. It also shows how these solutions were appropriated for Hyde Park and discusses the various alternative ventilation, shading and cooling arrangements that Paxton investigated for the palace before adopting the final strategy. The final section is a brief analysis of the actual performance of the building and explores the steps taken to improve the ventilation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > Architecture
Depositing User: Henrik Schoenefeldt
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2011 15:26
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2012 17:13
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