It is the Ecorium Project of the National Ecological Institute (NEI), in Seocheon, South Korea. Behind this ambitious project/ecosystem which will be extended across 33,090 sq.m of floor area and will cost about €80 million is the Samoo Architecture, an innovative, dynamic and creative global design firm established in 2006.
As in Cornwall’s Eden Project the Ecorium Project is comprised a series of interlinking domes, although in this case the domes are wedge-shaped greenhouses that when seen from above appear as a tributary river. High technology tracks the sun and adapts the internal environment appropriately to create a global eco-environment across the spaces. No shade is used, only shade simulation by arrangement. The exterior is finished in metal panel, low iron low-e double glazing, wood and plexiglas. The plans for the Ecorium Project are the creation of a large wild plant and wetlands reserve, and a visitor’s centre.
“The National Ecological Institute, South Korea is intended to do comprehensive study of the converging eco-systems of nature, human and climate to ensure safety, stability and the harmonious coexistence of competing agendas,” said a spokesperson for Samoo. “The NEI will play an important role as a think tank for research and policy making. Additionally, this institution will foster and nurture the general public’s awareness, educate and the importance of the environment through exhibitions and education programs.”