Gallery: The Orchidarium Professor Ruth Cardoso: A Dazzling Daylit Dome...

Looking straight up from inside the building to the center of the dome.

Recently completed in 2010, the Orchidarium is located in the Villa-Lobos Park in Brazil and can be accessed via a gently sloping ramp. Buried 1.5 meters below the surface, the bottom part of the dome is protected from the environment. A body of water surrounds the building and is held at bay by a large concrete wall, making the dome seem as though it were submerged in water.

The steel, glass and concrete building was designed to provide optimum interior conditions for growing orchids. Inside, the space is filled with diffuse, gentle light reminiscent of the quality of  daylighting found in the orchids’ natural habitats. The concrete spine that separates the dome in half is responsible for the ventilation control necessary for the orchids’ delicate environment.

Professor Ruth Cardoso was an anthropologist who studied primitive cultures and worked to combat poverty and social exclusion in Brazil. The Orchidarium  is dedicated to this forward-looking visionary, who is currently the President of the Comunidade Solidaria program, and a member of the Board of the United Nations Foundation.

+ Decio Tozzi

Via ArchDaily

Images ©Ricardo Canton


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1 Comment

  1. caeman May 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    As a Mad Scientist wannabe, I full approve of this building. I want my secret lair designed to look like this.

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