Taiyuan Botanical Garden recently opened on the site of a former coal mine in Jinyuan District in Tiayuan, China. Designed by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, the work blends a museum, a botanical garden and a diverse new landscape in a magnificent cohesive development. Three domes are placed along a vast man-made lake and act like greenhouses full of vibrant plant life from various disparate climates.
“The architectural concept is based on the existing landscape plan and balances the natural landscape, architecture, technological and ecological solutions,” explains Delugan Meissl. The designers reinvented the existing landscape by adding new hills, waterfalls and other natural elements related to the architectural intervention.
One building includes a nature museum, bonsai museum, research library, restaurant, etc. Best of all, this entrance building has a huge terrace that allows visitors to overlook all of the park’s features from above. This gives them a perfect view of the real highlight of the resort: the three domes.
Each of the three domes represents a unique climate and is full of suitable plants, including a tropical garden, a desert garden and a water garden. Rightly so, the water garden is actually placed on the lake. Each of the three orbs is connected by elegant winding walkways that take visitors around and above the lake.
Although they feature unique areas, the architectural backdrop for each garden is cohesive. The laminated timber beams intersect to create the structure of the domes. The spacing of structural elements even varies to provide more suitable lighting conditions according to the needs of the plants. These domes are complemented by double curved glass with opening windows.
If you can’t yet visit the fantastic new gardens on your own, keep scrolling for a virtual experience through incredible photos of the resort taken by CreatAR.
Taiyuan Botanical Garden features three magnificent domed greenhouses alongside an artificial lake.
Each dome represents a unique climate including a tropical garden, a desert garden and a water garden.