The massive amounts of water required to create the humid conditions of the Tropical Biome, and to serve the toilet facilities, are all sanitised rain water that would otherwise collect at the bottom of the quarry.
A permanent installation entitled Seed, by Peter Randall-Pageoccupies the anteroom. Travel to South Africa and California, as you amble amongst the orange and lemon trees, olive groves and gnarled vines of the Mediterranean Biome, and in the acre Outdoor Garden see hemp, sunflowers and other plants that could change your future, flourishing under the Cornish sun.
There are themed events according to the seasons, workshops for adults and children, activity days, music concerts and much more besides. Glass was avoided due to its weight and potential dangers. If required, cleaning can be performed by abseilers. Accordingly, the building has taken its inspiration from plants, most noticeable in the form of the soaring timber roof, which gives the building its distinctive shape.
There will also be reimagined lidos, gardens, performance spaces, immersive experiences and observatories. It is used for tropical plants, such as fruiting banana plants, coffeerubber and giant bambooand is kept at a tropical temperature and moisture level. The cladding panels themselves are created from several layers of thin UV -transparent ETFE filmwhich are sealed around their perimeter and inflated to create a large cushion.
Living example of regeneration and sustainable living There's no stress about packing up a family survival kit - facilities include on-site restaurants and cafes, gift shops and well equipped child- and baby-friendly toilet facilities.