Inspired by biophilia, the architectural concept aligns with the ideals promoted by Espace pour la vie - an organization that aims to bring humans and nature closer together through dissemination, conservation, research and education.
The complex encourages the visitor to wander freely and become totally immersed in the four ecosystems. A textile wall accompanies the spatial undulations, its curved lines defining the different spaces.
Completing the scenography, a network of aerial footbridges multiplies the points of view of the fauna and flora and leads to the Bio-machine, an educational tool explaining how it all works.
The secondary structure that stabilizes the new additions and an interior ice wall are some of the technical feats that were realized through a rich collaboration between architects, engineers, museographers, geologists, biologists and other experts.
Photo credit : Marc Cramer, James Brittain