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WilkinsonEyre adds undulated biodome complex to Icelandic skyline
Iceland Architecture News - Jul 17, 2019 - 02:31 4625 views
Designed in collaboration with Icelandic firm Basalt, the complex will comprise two major biodomes: Main Nature Dome and Tropical Dome.
The biodome structures will showcase exotic plants from other environments, and the complex will also contain a Farm Lab, an educational environment on local food production.
Situated on the edge of the outdoor recreational area Elliðaárdalur, the project will provide a new gateway to the largest green area close to the Icelandic capital. Located on a hilly ridge, the development will be an elegant addition to the city skyline, as well as offering dramatic views to the Elliðaárdalur Valley and the city of Reykjavik.
The project, called Aldin Biodomes, will create a large green area that promotes wellbeing in country's dark winter times. The project will be the world’s first to be powered by geo-climate technology - that will create its own self-sufficient system. The two biodomes will be made up of glass in which they are embedded in the landscape with their ghost presence.
Alongside a rich tropical environment, the Main Nature Dome will incorporate a multi-functional space and information area, specialty restaurant, visitors' shop and marketplace for Icelandic products.
Designed to be "an exemplar in sustainability", the domes will be heated using the region’s abundant geothermal energy. The project’s north-west orientation will guarantee views of Iceland’s midnight sunsets during the long summer days and the Northern Lights during the dark winters.
It will provide local people and visitors with a year-round tropical oasis and gathering point, helping to boost wellbeing during the region’s dark winter months. The complex includes mediterranean garden, hammocks, herbs, scented garden, quiet tree, pondering pond, swings, fountain of life, moving grasses, rock garden, meditation pods, fruit trees, bamboo walk.
WilkinsonEyre is one of the world's leading architectural practices with a portfolio of national and international award-winning projects. Founded in 1987 by Chris Wilkinson and Jim Eyre, the practice has offices in London and Hong Kong.
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