First Glimpse of the World’s Largest Tropical Greenhouse At the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021 | Zuecca Projects | Coldefy

Venice Architecture Biennale 2021

In the 17th International Architecture Exhibition- Venice Biennale of Architecture, we will be able to take the first glimpse of the world’s largest tropical greenhouse- Tropicalia- under a single dome. Alessandro Possati, director of Zuecca Projects, and Thomas Coldefy, architect and principal of Coldefy, the practice behind the ambitious project, will present ‘TROPICALIA – architecture, materials, innovative systems’ at the Biennale which is going to be held in Venice from 22 May to 21 November 2021. SURFACES REPORTER (SR) brings here the information about the largest tropical greenhouse which is set to become a reality by 2023.

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As per the Zuecca Projects and Coldefy, Tropicalia is expected to be the world’s largest single-dome greenhouse on the planet. While the exhibition will only display drawings, architectural models, renderings, sketches and video of the proposed greenhouse, the building is slated to be constructed in 2023-24 in Northern France.

Giant Dome

The structure is set to immerse visitors in a tropical landscape measuring 20 000 square meters covered by a massive 35-meter-tall dome on its top.


The temperature inside the building will maintain a ventilated temperature of 26°C to accommodate a wide range of butterflies, fish, birds, reptiles, and exotic flora and fauna.

Energy-Efficient Building

The massive domed greenhouse structure is designed to amalgamate with its setting by the absence of internal load-bearing columns.

greenhouse-venice-architecture-biennale The double-domed structure offers optimal thermal isolation. And the entire system is intended to be energy-self-reliant, which means all the heat produced by the greenhouse’s effect will be stored and recycled. The extra energy will be distributed through a heat network into structures and surrounding firms.

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The 17th International Architecture Exhibition will run from 22 May to 21 November 2021; people will glance at the architecture and engineering systems behind the largest greenhouse. It also shows the research carried on the tropical flora and fauna and its benefits on the planet, ecosystem and health.

greenhouse-venice-architecture-biennaleThe title of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021 is ‘How will we live together?’, which is curated by architect and scholar Hashim Sarkis.

Project Details

Project Name: Tropicalia Greenhouse
Project Location: France
Architecture Firms: Zuecca Projects and Coldefy
Image Courtesy: Octav Tirziu Atelier

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