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Winning Awards Before It's Been Built

03 August 2018

On July 30, Coldefy & Associates and Dr. Cédric Guérin 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.

Planned to be located in Rang-du-Fliers in the north of France, Tropicalia will offer a footpath that will cover over 1 km wandering through the environment of dozens of animal, tree and flower species. This architectural feat 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, producing energy through the use of a double dome, creating a room in which the air is heated through a greenhouse effect.

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. The absence of load-bearing pillars and the presence of a peripheral green wall enhance this cocoon-like atmosphere.

Tropicalia is a project financed mainly by private investors and is part of the economic and touristic drive in the Côte d'Opale. The complex will offer a number of services around the greenhouse such as 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.

Picture: Tropicalia, the Architizer A+Awards Jury Winner in the Unbuilt Sports & Recreation.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 03 August 2018


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