The project is designed to provide optimal environmental conditions for the five different greenhouse spaces, the entrance building and the public spaces, while minimizing energy needs through a combination of passive and active air conditioning strategies and the use of renewable energy.
To free the interior from any kind of construction, the structural concept envisages that a tensioned lattice structure made of thin steel tubes forms a roof with an elegant and extraordinary silhouette that supports the glass roofs of the different greenhouses, blending them into a single composition.
Bringing nature to the cities is the main objective, thus taking an important step towards promoting new synergies and a new lifestyle.
The design for the Plant Pavilions creates a lightweight natural membrane from the exterior natural landscape to the greenhouse interior providing desired heat and humidity for rare and tropical species. Inside the dome big bodies of water and rocks are used for thermal storage, waterfalls for controlling humidity, and south facing glass walls maximize solar exposure to consume as little of additional energy as possible.
In the greenhouses, different natural scenarios and climates are recreated. Visitors can experience the canyons, sandy dunes and plants from the Desert Pavilion. The swamps, waterfalls and tropical vegetation of the Natural Rainforest exhibition or the digital caves, cascades, fruit-trees and flowers of the Cloud Garden Hall. Nature is everywhere.
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Yue Chen, Jurgis Gecys, Thomas Peter-Hindelang, Toms Kampars, Prima Mathawabhan, Sebastian Michalski, Ernesto Mulch, Maximilian Tronnier, Toni Nachev, Marillies Wedl
Bollinger + Grohmann ZT GmbH
Modellbau Studio Vienna
The Magic Cloud