Montreal’s Olympic Park biodome by AZPML & KANVA

By : Dennis Franklin | 27 Nov 2014 8:38 pm | Other

The biodome in the Olympic Park of Montreal, Canada was refurbished through a competition won by a team comprised of the AZPML & KANVA architectural practice in collaboration with Kuehn Malvezzi and Lacaton & Vassal who transform the original project built in 1979 into a contemporary project incorporating a velodrome, glasshouse and an insectarium.

The designers created a string of buildings that present different environments and the role of insects in them, ranging from a pond of aquatic insects to a cocoon or a butterfly house that brings the flora together with the insects.

The botanical glass house is set into an already existing rose garden with glazed glass walls to create a connection between the two, while the Space for Life is a natural science museum inside the glass velodrome that will also be subject to improvements and refurbishment. The environments recreated in the project range from ice caps to forests and water environments and the construction is planned to begin in 2016.

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