Iceland building biodome community to be sustainable oasis
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Iceland’s weather extremes pose unique challenges for residents and travelers, but the country’s capital Reykjavik is planning a series of new eco biodomes that will welcome Icelanders with warmth and style.
Designed by Spor i Sandinn, Aldin is a fully sustainable biodome community powered by geothermal energy, reports Inhabitat.
Located in the Elliðaárdalur Valley of Reykjavik, the biodome community will feature a central plaza surrounded by ample public spaces for social functions and public activities, as well as a marketplace and various cafes. Inside the biodome, the interior temp will be kept at a balmy 77 degrees – an optimal temperature for tropical plantings and a working urban farm.
According to Hjördís Sigurðardóttir, the founder and CEO of Spor i Sandinn, the project will show the world a new side of Icelandic agriculture: “This glazed landmark Biodome will seek to reconnect people to nature in new and exciting ways, combining the experience of tropical temperatures, with a farmers’ market and an agricultural laboratory. Aldin will be a hub for minds and thoughts, a space for a healthy community to meet, shop, relax and socialize, as well as an authentic attraction for tourists.”
Aldin will rent spaces to green-minded tenants, such as farm-to-table restaurants, green product retail stores and health-related businesses.
Sigurðardóttir contends that the biodome project also could serve as an example of how to create and build new and meaningful infrastructure.
“The Biodome represents this. It is a statement of change, highlighting the benefits of another way of thinking and of energy-efficient buildings.”
The Aldin project is currently waiting for approval, but it’s expected to open late 2018 or early 2019.