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Source: Octav Tirziu Atelier

France Is Building The World's Largest Single-Dome Greenhouse

By Aimee Lutkin

A design for the world's largest single-dome greenhouse has just been announced for France's Pas-de-Calais. Called Tropicalia, the greenhouse will be approximately 215,000 square feet, and be filled with waterfalls, lush greenery, wildlife, and tropical plants, Inhabitat reports. The dome will be double-insulated, for energy efficiency. The entire $62 million project has been conceptualized with energy in mind, with built-in features like heat recycling.

The design comes from Coldefy & Associates in partnership with energy company Dalkia, and both groups are flexing their abilities with this project.

“Tropicalia was imagined by Coldefy as a ‘bubble of harmony’ perfectly integrated with the local environment, endowed with a new innovation: the project is autonomous – energy producer by the use of a double dome creating a air chamber heated by a greenhouse effect,” explained the architects.