Creating a striking showcase for South Korea’s National Ecological Institute in Seocheon, the Ecorium allows visitors to experience a variety of the world’s diverse ecosystems in an unusually directly way.
The project is marked by its sweeping glazed biomes, each of which houses different climatic zones. Pathways lead guests through each zone, allowing them to see, hear, feel and touch the flora and fauna specific to each region – from the largest, lush tropical rainforest, to natural settings of the desert, Mediterranean, polar and temperate environments.
Each biome is formed by steel arches, which support lightweight glazing systems. This maximizes internal daylight levels and reduces the need for supplementary electrical lighting. Though the structural arrangement is consistent for all greenhouses, the alignment and orientation of each is carefully designed to promote the ideal climate zone represented within.
As well as highlighting the interconnectivity of nature and its critical importance in conserving world ecology, the architectural response is a model of efficient green design.
Ecorium was the first project Grimshaw completed in Asia, and the concept was inspired by the form of an oxbow lake, an aquatic body created by the evolving erosion of a meandering river.
Seocheon, South Korea
Culture and Exhibition Halls →
Korea's Ministry of Environment
33000 sq m
Park Young Chae
Samoo Architects and Engineers