TROPICALIA – Architecture, Materials, Innovative Systems

Collateral Event of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

NEW DATES 22.05.2021 – 21.11.2021


Zuecca Projects is very proud to announce that the exhibition TROPICALIA – Architecture, Materials, Innovative Systems is one of the 15 official COLLATERAL EVENTS of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition is realized in collaboration with the architecture firm Coldefy, and it is focused on Tropicalia, the largest single-dome greenhouse on the planet. TROPICALIA – Architecture, Materials, Innovative Systems is curated by Alessandro Possati, director of Zuecca Projects, and Arch. Thomas Coldefy, founder of Coldefy. It will be hosted at Squero Castello (Salizada Streta 368, Castello 30122, Venice), from May 22nd to November 21st 2021 (new Biennale’s dates for 2021).


Tropicalia greenhouse by Coldefy, 2023 ©Octav Tirziu


The exhibition presents the current state of the research on tropical fauna and flora led by Labex CEBA, research laboratory on Amazonian biodiversity, and its benefits on the ecosystem, the planet and health. It also presents the architectural and engineering specificities of Tropicalia greenhouse that will be the biggest in the world, as well as its unique sustainable air treatment engineering. The structural engineering has been developed by EOC – Eckersley O’Callaghan.


Tropicalia greenhouse by Coldefy, 2023. General View ©Coldefy 


Greenhouse Tropicalia’s visitors will be plunged into a tropical atmosphere, a unique and marvellous natural bubble under its crystal skin, with stunning coloured butterflies and fluttering hummingbirds waltzing from flower to flower. The show is sensual, exciting, idyllic and, above all, will soon be real. In 2023, the biggest greenhouse in the world will be constructed on the Côte d’Opale (France) to offer an immersive experience, discovering extraordinary fauna and flora, and understanding its fragile ecosystem.


Tropicalia proposes 20,000 sqm of tropic covered by an innovative dome rising to 35 meters, a 26 degrees ventilated temperature, a luxuriant vegetation bathed by an exceptional light, a tropical forest adorned with the most beautiful orchids. Birds, butterflies, fishes, reptiles gathered into a unique eco-system. Tropicalia’s architecture is completely integrated with its natural exterior environment. Unlike a “megastructure”, the building does not create a break with its environment but integrates it and welcomes its fauna and flora. Its dome has been conceived to answer several challenges:

  • an optimal thermal isolation with the conception of a double dome,
  • an energy self-sufficiency thanks to the Terraotherm innovation, all the heat produced by the greenhouse’s effect will be recycled and stocked. The surplus energy will be exported via a heat network into buildings and surrounding businesses.


Tropicalia greenhouse by Coldefy, 2023 ©Coldefy 


Illustrated by architectural models, drawings, sketches, videos and diverse working and presentation materials, the exhibition transmits an environmental and educational message: it shows how science can answer the question “How will we live together?”, the title of this year’s Biennale Architettura 2021 curated by Hashim Sarkis. The visitor will discover the engineering and architectural prowess and uniqueness of Tropicalia greenhouse, which has already received the 2018 Architizer A+Awards Jury and Public Choice Awards Winner.


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TROPICALIA – Architecture, Materials, Innovative Systems
Collateral Event of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

Curators: Thomas Coldefy, Alessandro Possati
Collaborators: Maria Caterina Denora, Project Coordinator; Elisabeth Girot, Communications and Development Director – Project Coordinator; Marianna Guarino, Architect – Exhibition Designer


Organized by Zuecca Projects

Supported by Autodesk, Lenovo, Tarkett, Novaxia, Hausbrandt Trieste 1892 S.p.A, EOC – Eckersley O’Callaghan, Projex, LabEx CEBA – Centre d’Étude de la Biodiversité Amazonienne, Alliance Française


Location: Squero Castello, Salizada Streta 368, Castello 30122, Venice
Opening period: from May 22nd to November 21st 2021

Copyright © Zuecca Projects 2021