The Orangery – one of the most ambitious reconstructions of our time

The orangery at Gunnebo is being reconstructed in the formal gardens. The project is based upon the original design plans of architect Carl Wilhelm Carlberg, historic water colours and findings from archeological excavations.

An important part of the reconstruction is to preserve the knowledge of historical crafts and train a new generation of carpenters and artisans. The lack of skilled professionals in traditional building crafts have attracted the attention of the authorities managing the cultural heritage on both a national and international level. The training at the Gunnebo orangery conducted in cooperation with Region Västra Götaland, the University of Gothenburg, consultants, contractors and authorities. The reconstruction enables practice of the craft used for reconstruction and a focus on young craftsmen in areas such as carpentry, cabinet making, stucco and masonry.

Thre reconstruction began in 2013. In 2015 the grotto was walled in the northern pavilion. In 2016 the brick floors were laid in the three southern orangery rooms. During 2017, the windows will be put in place. The building is expected to be used for winter storage in 2018.

When visiting Gunnebo, you can contribute to the project by buying a gilded pin in the gift shop.