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Vancouver’s Grout McTavish Architects design tropical forest bio-dome in Dubai






Image Credit: Daniel Cheong Photographer
Meraas, a Dubai-based holding company, has announced the opening of The Green Planet at CITY WALK in Dubai, the region?s much awaited and only standalone educational and recreational bio-dome, featuring over 3,000 plants and animals. 
Designed by Vancouver architects Brad McTavish and Clive Grout of Grout McTavish Architects, The Green Planet recreates a lush tropical forest for visitors to immerse themselves in the intimate and unique sensory experience. The facility also mimics the habitat to the point of regulating the temperature and humidity levels of the venue so that visitors can not only see what life is like in such an ecosystem, but can also have a vivid first-hand experience.
The architecture is based on a fragile Origami cube that shields and protects a living Biome within the shape of a cylinder. The exterior cube houses the support spaces required to sustain a living environment designed to accommodate the species of tropical plants, mammals, insects and fish within the desert setting of Dubai. Its mandate is to provide the people of Dubai an opportunity to experience and gain a deeper understanding of the fragile ecosystem of the Equatorial regions and how these regions of the world need to be protected for our sustainable future.
The concept for the visitor experience was developed to show how the various species that inhabit the rainforest can be found in the vertical zones of a Kapok tree; from it flooded river bank setting to its upper canopy. Visitors enter The Green Planet at grade level and begin their journey through a flooded rainforest river, containing an aquarium and grotto with fresh water fish, set within eroded riverbanks of the Amazon, containing ferns and mosses from the region to gain insight into the foundation of the Kapok trees emergence within the Rainforest and how the river is the progenitor for the evolution of co-dependent species above.
Image Credit: Daniel Cheong Photographer
Upon the completion of this immersive aquarium experience, visitors ascend to the upper reaches of the Building via high speed lifts to emerge at the upper branches of the Kapok tree where they descend down a series of spiral ramps around, and within the biome, to discover the varied habitats of tropical rain forest, from the butterflies and birds within the canopy of the tree, to the snakes and leaf cutter ants on the rainforest floor. Upon the completion of their visit, guests then cross over the river they began their journey and descend down to grade via escalators to the Visitor Centre and lobby.
In addition to accommodating 750,000 annual visitors, The Green Planet was designed to include an educational learning centre with laboratories and classrooms where students attend class and conduct experiments both in class and within the Biome in order to gain a deeper understanding of the Biological Sciences and habitat preservation. These Ministry of Education approved studies have been de...


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