July 17, 2019 -- Planning permission has been granted for a major biodome complex in the Reykjavik region designed by WilkinsonEyre, working alongside a talented local design team.
The Aldin Biodomes consists of a Main Nature Dome & Tropical Dome, showcasing exotic plants from other environments, and the Farm Lab, an educational environment on local food production. Alongside a rich tropical environment, the Main Nature Dome incorporates 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.
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 ElliðaaÌÂÂrdalur Valley and the city of Reykjavik. 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.
WilkinsonEyre was appointed because of its extensive experience in comparable projects around the world including the Davies Alpine House at Kew's Royal Botanic Gardens; the National Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning in Surrey for the Royal Horticultural Society; and Gardens by the Bay, one of the world’s most ambitious landmark destinations of recent years, featuring the largest climate-controlled glasshouses in existence.
WilkinsonEyre creates bold and beautiful architecture for people to enjoy and that enhances its surroundings. From the restoration of Battersea Power Station and new stands at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, to the One Barangaroo tower in Sydney and CIBC Square in Toronto, it has landmark projects under way around the globe.
One of the world's leading architecture practices with offices in London and Hong Kong, its completed portfolio of projects includes the Guangzhou International Finance Centre, one of the tallest buildings in the world; the giant cooled conservatories for Gardens by the Bay in Singapore; the acclaimed temporary structure for the London Olympics Basketball Arena; Oxford University’s Weston Library and new homes created from historic gasholders at King’s Cross, London. WilkinsonEyre won the Stirling Prize for Architecture for the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham.