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Taiyuan Botanical Garden // Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

Taiyuan, China

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Coordination: Yiju DingStructural engineering: Bollinger + Grohmann IngenieureStructural engineer – timber structures: StructureCraftFaçade: Bollinger + Grohmann IngenieureHVACR/ Electrics: Cody Energy DesignLandscape Design: Valentien+Valentien, Landschaftsarchitekten und, Stadtplaner SRLThe new Taiyuan Botanical Garden Domes complex in Taiyuan, China features 3 domes ranging from 43m to 88m in diameter and from 12m to 30m in height.

© Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

© Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

The largest of the three domes is the longest clear-span timber gridshell (non-triangulated) in the world. All three parabolic gridshells comprise light doubly curved glulam beams, arranged in two or three crossing layers.Bonsai MuseumAnother highlight of the Botanical Garden is the Bonsai Museum, designed as a rotated bowl integrated into the park’s topography, a welcoming arena for the plants‘ display.Restaurant Tea-HouseThe Restaurant is designed in resemblance to the Chinese Traditional Temples, evoking the wooden structures as its design premise.

© Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

© Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

After a few studies trying to potentiate the structure into a contemporary and reasonable basis, a shifted grid made from stacked timber beams was established as the main conductor of a very attractive and atmospheric space. Incorporated into the landscape, for one side, the restaurants geometry detaches itself from it, extending opening up to the lake.Research CentreThe Research Centre houses laboratories, studios, office spaces, workshop and meeting rooms, lecture halls as well as a library.

© Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

© Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

In order to maximize its function, the program is divided into separate buildings, connected by an interior path along the ground floor.StructureCraft: The new Taiyuan Botanical Garden Domes complex in Taiyuan, China features 3 domes ranging from 43m to 88m in diameter and from 12m to 30m in height. The largest of the three domes is the longest clear-span timber gridshell (non-triangulated) in the world.

© Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

© Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

All three parabolic gridshells comprise light doubly curved glulam beams, arranged in two or three crossing layers..

© Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

© Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

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