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Planned geo-climate Biodome in Reykjavik, Iceland seen as test case for cities around the world

Design drawings of the interior of the biodome (source: Aldin-Biodome)
Alexander Richter 9 Mar 2020

The planned geothermal climate biodome, Aldin Biodome, planned in Reykjavik, Iceland is seen as an interesting test case to combine farming and recreation with geothermal energy as natural resource to supply the biodome with heat.

The ALDIN biodome planned to be built on a site in a natural valley within the perimeters of the city of Reykjavik, Iceland is seen as an interesting test case for cities around the world. The main aim of the dome is to reconnect people to nature and promote healthy lifestyle all in sustainable and commercially viable way. The plan with the biodome is to use green energy to grow herbs and vegetables and in naturally inviting spaces help people’s bodies and souls to flourish.

The biodome combines geothermal and vertical farming technologies in a resort-style greenhouse/ biodome space. The project has the vision to improve life for locals and transform tourism and hospitality. Plan for the resort to open is 2023 if everything goes according to plan for the 5,000 square meter space. The biodome is about 10 minutes by car from the city center of Reykjavik.

Described as a geothermal climate biodome” it clearly promotes the unique natural resources and geology of Iceland.  For a good description of the project see article by Arctic Today.

ALDIN’s main activities are inside the Biodome that is divided into three main areas. Guests will first enter through Dalbaer which is a farmlab and plaza which will be mostly under a turf roof. From there guests will be able to walk into two different climate controlled areas. Laufás, which will have a Mediterranean climate and Hraunprýdi which will have a tropical climate. On Aldin‘s outdoor area the focus will be on harmony between the natural environment, cultivation of interesting plants as well as  recreational and play areas for those who want to enjoy the outdoors.

In Dalbaer the emphasis will be to allow guests to experience the entire process of urban agriculture, from farm to table, outstanding quality and freshness. It has a market where people can purchase the crops from the ‘farmlab’ or from other local farmers.  In this area there will also be facilities for meetings, a restaurant and a café.

Laufás and Hraunprýdi will support gardens and orchards containing a magnificent selection of herbs and plants that carry with them the aura and lore of their origin. There guests are offered to enjoy a variety of diversions intertwined with experiencing the spaces. In Laufás guests can allow themselves to get comfortable under the lavish trees and work or have meetings and inside Hraunprýdi will be area dedicated for mediation and yoga.

Source: Arctic Today, Aldin Biodome