This article, written by Jamie Robinson, adapted from an article by The Spaces, "Tropicalia: World’s Largest Single-Domed Tropical Greenhouse is Coming to France" found on CNN was published on 5th of April, 2018. Additional info from Huh. Magazine and Coldefy & Associates Architects Urbanists
This article talks about a new greenhouse being developed by the architecture practice Coldefy and Associates. This tropical haven is described as a “bubble of harmony” by the designing group.
This 215,000 square foot greenhouse will be built in Rang-du-Fliers, Pas-de-Calais in France showcasing many different species and plants. The structure will be created with materials that capture heat and will be designed in a way that it can be self regulating. By naturally heating the inside, the harsher weathers of a French department near the British channel will not be an issue. Included in the lush surroundings will be many water features such as waterfalls and very large pools structured to make a proper habitat for the animals and species living in it. The whole design will put the environment in the limelight and will try to minimize the harsh man made obstacles like beams or pillars. Even though the building takes up an abundance of space, its ecological footprint will be very small. In addition to being self regulating, the greenhouse will be a very green design in the sense that it will be able to protect the landscape that it houses and even divert energy to other buildings nearby. The project is estimated to start in 2019 and open its doors in 2021.
This place is designed to create a “harmonious world” with its design of lush forest. The whole experience is to reconnect you to nature and enjoy what it has to offer. The creators have designed it as a place for curiosity and enjoyment whether it be for education or for fun. They do not talk much about why they decided to make this but as most architectural designs, it is created with a purpose. While making this greenhouse they are also being conscious to be ecologically friendly and not use any more resources than needed.
I believe this is a great concept. The way that it is designed so as to blend in with the environment literally and environmentally makes it all the more enticing. I chose this article because among the news about despair and increasing violence everywhere, this was like a beacon of light and peace. There will be many other amenities, and even labs and clinics devoted to studying and helping the creatures of this environment.
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