So what’s so good about greenhouses? Well raising crops in greenhouses produces 6 to 10 times the quantity of yield in comparison to open fields. Plus the crops raised hydroponically in greenhouses possess small roots so 40% of the drainage water can be recycled. Greenhouses help us fight the growing food crisis while lessening the overuse of resources. They support sustainable agriculture and empower the process of natural pollination. And the ultimate greenhouse is the Tropicalia.
Designed by French firm Coldefy & Associates, this greenhouse will be based on the Côte D’opale in Northern France and building will commence in 2024. Coldefy & Associates has joined forces with energy company Dalkia for the $62-million ambitious project. The giant greenhouse boasts a tropical environment that spans more than 215,000 square feet and is covered with a huge 35-meter-tall dome. The interior ventilated temperature will be maintained at 26°c to house an impressive array of birds, butterflies, fish, reptiles, and exotic plants, fauna, and flora.
Tropicalia intermingles with its environment and educates visitors through the spacious experiential interior. The 60-meter x 4-meter double dome supplies optimal thermal isolation while the whole building is developed to be energy self-sufficient – so all the heat generated by the greenhouse’s effect will be recycled and stocked. A third layer of ETFE lingers beneath the building which will be trapping all the excess heat. The surplus energy will be exported through a heat network into buildings and surrounding businesses. This reverses what some might call the greenhouse effect, by recapturing and reusing heat.
The atmosphere likens that of an enchanted forest as visitors are guided along a kilometer-long path where they witness an 82-foot-high waterfall, an 82-foot-long “tactile pool” brimming with koi carp, and an Olympic-sized pool stocked by Amazonian fish, some growing up to 3 meters in length. You can admire these fish through an aquarium-style glass surface or a platform and pontoon.
At the Venice Architecture Biennale, you will see Tropicalia’s building design, engineering systems, and sustainable air treatment engineering. It will highlight the current status of the research regarding tropical fauna and flora, and how they help the ecosystem, the planet, and our health. Tropicalia’s exhibit aims to showcase how science facilitates peaceful cohabitation between human and nature as we ourselves aim for a sustainable future.
Source: Yanko Design
Image credits by Coldefy & Associates