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January 6, 2010

Larger biodome than Eden Project

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Proctor and Matthews Architects has submitted plans for this whopping £90 million, 34m-tall biodome at Chester Zoo. The huge EFTE-clad structure, known as the Heart of Africa Biodome, will cover 16,000m², making it larger than the Grimshaw-designed Tropical House at the Eden Project in Cornwall.

The scheme is part of the wider £225 million “˜Natural Vision’ redevelopment proposal for the zoo, planned over the next 15 years and overseen by AECOM and Barton Willmore, which is expected to create “˜Europe’s largest conservation, animal and leisure attraction’.

Underneath the undulating, free-form roof structure, the zoo wants to “˜simulate the natural African rainforest habitats of the Congo’ with a jungle canopy and authentic climate.

Architects’ Journal