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Gigantic Airship Hangar Transformed Into Tropical Island Resort
Posted By Andrew Michler On March 12, 2014 @ 5:42 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,gallery | 6 Comments
The dome is the world’s largest freestanding building, and it was originally owned by a company attempting to develop a transport dirigible . When that company went belly-up, a Malaysian company took the reins and created a year-round tropical paradise that maintains a lovely 79 degree Fahrenheit.
If you like big numbers, this project has some jaw droppers — the roof is 70,000 square meters, the indoor pool is the size of four Olympic sized pools, and the interior holds 5 million cubic feet of space. The building’s south side was stripped of its steel skin and replaced with a transparent film to let daylight  in. A small tropical forest  of 50,00 trees makes up one side complete with a 9 story tall water slide, fake villages, and even a mock shoreline that makes Las Vegas look modest.
This is a spectacular reuse of a unique building for a novel purpose in the heart of Europe, and we love the imagination it took. However we’re critical of the impact of plopping a tropical jungle in a place that will not see above freezing temperatures for weeks — there’s enough snow right now that you could ski home after you get your beach tan.
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URLs in this post:
 airships: http://inhabitat.com/awesome-aeolus-airship-by-christopher-ottersbach/
 transport dirigible: http://inhabitat.com/skylifter-balloon-can-lift-entire-buildings-and-put-em-down-gently/
 daylight: http://inhabitat.com/category/daylighting/
 tropical forest: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=201513
 + Tropical Islands : http://www.tropical-islands.de/en/visitors.html
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