On July 30, Coldefy & Associates and Dr. Cédric Guérin (CEO and Founder of the project) won the 2018 Architizer A+Awards Jury Winner in the Unbuilt Sports & Recreation category for the Tropicalia project: the world’s largest tropical greenhouse under one roof.
Located in Rang-du-Fliers in the North of France, Tropicalia will grip visitors with immediate wonder and total change of scenery. Offering immersion into a unique environment, it’s footpath will cover over 1 km wandering through the environment of dozens of animal, tree and flower species. This architectural feat, respectful of the environment, will offer an exceptional oasis for tropical flora and fauna.
Tropicalia was designed by Coldefy & Associates as a “harmonious haven”, seamlessly integrated into the local environment with an original feature: the project is self-sufficient – producing energy through the use of a double dome, creating a room in which the air is heated through a greenhouse effect. The absence of load-bearing pillars and the presence of a peripheral green wall enhance this cocoon-like atmosphere. The architecture will blend in with the scenery: the building is set partially in the ground, thus seemingly lowering its height and impact. Tropicalia will appear to rise like a small hill within the landscape.
Tropicalia is a project financed mainly by private investors and is part of the economic and touristic drive in the Côte d’Opale. A place for discovery and life, the complex will offer a number of services around the greenhouse: restaurants, shops, guesthouses, as well as a scientific space exclusively for professionals.
Construction on the Tropicalia site should begin in the beginning of 2019 and is bound for opening in 2021. Over time, it is expected that 500,000 visitors will annually visit this unique complex designed by Coldefy & Associates.
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