At first, a rainforest in the desert seems difficult to imagine but with the recent opening of The Green Planet, the first bio-dome in the Middle East has now become a reality. Located in Dubai at the heart of Citywalk, this science center contains over 3,000 plants and animals whom delight guests of all ages every day, with a centerpiece being the largest indoor man-made and life-sustaining tree, at over 25M in height.
This LEED certified building captures and recirculates water within the bio-dome, and can in fact sustain itself without power or fresh water for up to 4 days. The design team created a glazing system that conserves sunlight during the winter months and prevents the bio-dome from overheating the rest of the year. CD+M is grateful to have had a chance to collaborate in the design of this stunning new cultural attraction for the ages. > Read Article