Taiyuan Botanical Garden Domes

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StructureCraft

We work closely with the industry-leading Canadian timber engineers and construction specialists StructureCraft.

One of our favourite projects collaborations was on Delugan Meissl Associated Architects’ incredible 100,000sqft Taiyuan Botanical Garden Domes. Three timber gridshell dome structures, each creating different climates and environments.

Two of the three domes accommodate the pavilions for tropical and desert plants, while the third dome is designed to house an aquatic environment sitting directly on a lake.

Computational design

The largest dome has a clear span of over 300ft, making this one of the largest timber gridshells worldwide.

A project of this scale, with thousands of unique elements - each of complex geometry, benefits enormously from utilising cutting-edge digital technology.

Using bespoke software we were able to generate the timber geometry required and, equally importantly, corresponding structured data that could be evaluated by the whole design team.

Advanced workflow

This project is a great example of how computational design can be carried out remotely for international clients, regardless of scale.

You can read more about StructureCraft and their projects here.

Architect: Delugan Meissl Associated Architects
Timber Engineers & Construction: StructureCraft
Location: Taiyuan, China