Monday, November 12, 2012

Plastic in Architecture, Plastic in Structures

Plastic Structure
Green House
We have seen green house made up with polycarbonate translucent or transparent panels. They are of various sizes and shapes. They protect plants from wind and harsh sun and cold winter. The indestructible panels diffuse the sun light and retain the heat inside for plants. You can be living in any climate zone and indulge in your vegetables or flowers growing hobbies.

Large Plastic Structures -The Eden Project
The Eden Project- Plastic Domes
The Eden Project, in Cornwall, UK is the largest plant enclosure conceived by Tim Smit and designed by architect Nicholas Grimshaw. It consists of a cluster of 8 giant bubble-like inter connected plastic cells. These enclosures emulate natural biomes. They are constructed from a tubular hexagonal steel structure with cladding panels made from Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene, (ETFE). ETFE, a fluorine based plastic transmits more light, costs 24% to 70% less to install than glass and 1% weight of the glass makes perfect cladding material making the structures without any interior support. Also, these tri-layered cladding panels  are sealed around their perimeter and inflated to create a large cushion. The large cushion acts as a thermal blanket to the structure. Check the photo with the illumination -
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The Eden Project has become well known as the largest greenhouse in the world. Each domed cell  houses a plethora of plants from all over the Earth in all different colors, shapes and sizes. In 10 years, about 13 million visitors have visited to the Eden Project.

On the side Note, I want to say few words about Tim Smit who conceived this project-
His new venture is the creation of a geothermal power plant on site, for which planning permission has just been granted. He  produced an album called "Midnight Blue" with Louise Tucker. Check it out=

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