Giant Glass Biodomes May Revive Endangered Species

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A valley in Yeongyang-gun, South Korea, may soon resemble a futuristic sci-fi vision of the countryside by nestling giant glass biodomes in amongst the hills as a part of  conservation efforts. The insides of these glass biodomes will mimic specific ecosystems to rehabilitate plants, birds, and other endangered species as part of a new conservation plan by the National Research Center for Endangered Species.

Samoo—the architecture and engineering firm that developed the plans for the center—was also partly responsible for a National Ecology Center in Seocheon, South Korea, which houses tropical plants and penguins and mimics a few different ecosystems. Samoo had worked alongside Grimshaw Architects to build a centre focused on raising the importance of conservation in our increasingly polluted world. The successful creation of this centre more than proves that this National Research Center isn’t just some passing fancy.

This project will consist of several giant glass biodomes, a visitors centre, and a building for researchers to stay in. Some of the biodomes will focus on rehabilitating species of endangered birds. Samoo studied the flightpaths of various bird species to ensure their habitats have enough room for them to stretch their wings, and once the birds are deemed fit to leave they will return to the wild. There will also be a group of buildings focused on the support and breeding of endangered foxes, frogs, deer, and fish.

While some conservation efforts might focus solely on the care of the species inside it, Samoo has also designed the center to minimize the impact on the environment around it by using sustainable resources like solar panels and geothermal heating/cooling. The centre will also make use of as much natural light as possible, much in the same way that the National Ecology Center did.

According to FastCo Exist, construction of this centre is set to begin this December and complete sometime in 2016.

//Concept image by Samoo.

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  • arielletje

    I definitely saw an article about glass domes being pitched as a way to create pollution-free outdoor space in bigger cities in China. Very sci-fi.