Iceland building biodome community to be sustainable oasis

Iceland building biodome community to be sustainable oasis

Photo courtesy of Inhabitat

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.


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