A longstanding monument to both Montreal's glorified past and architectural history, the Biosphere is one of the city's truly iconic landmarks. Originally built by Buckminster Fuller for Expo 67 as the American Pavilion, the Biosphere has enchanted residents and tourists alike for years.
But some feel that the Biosphere, a lone dome on Île Sainte-Hélène needs a new breath of life, and not through a redesign or reconstruction. Rather, Dror, a NYC-based believes a new monument needs to be built on Île Sainte-Hélène, one that will directly compliment the original Biosphere.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Expo 67, along with the city's 375th anniversary, Dror has proposed the creation of a "garden dome" on Île Sainte-Hélène, a structure that will look beautiful while benefiting Montrealers in a variety of ways.
A 150-meter-wide dome meant to be a "hybrid framework for nature and technology," the dome will utilize natural vegetation to suppress sound so it can serve as a site for events all throughout the year, including summer festivals, performances, and hackathons.
Covered in a vegetative canopy, the new dome will also serve as a link to the original Biosphere. With the Biosphere shiny and metallic and the new dome covered in green vegetation, the two will visually interplay and add an air of dynamism to the skyline of the island.
While nothing has been confirmed, Dror notes how "structural and landscape specialists" have already looked over the design plan, finding it to be "a responsible and achievable construction, able to welcome up to 60,000 guests, within 2 years." Quite an evaluation, to say the least.
Whether the city will decide to go forward with this plan remains to be seen, but after looking at some of the concept images, we're sure hoping they do. A green-covered dome that also serves as a place to unwind and party sounds like just the sort of new developments Montreal needs.
For more details on the new dome, head to the project's webpage here and check out the photos below.