By Jack Williams
This stunning biodomes look to showcase how self-sustaining centers could boost ecotourism, conserving wildlife in the process.
Planned for the mountain ranges of the United Arab Emirates, the three giant glass domes would play host to a range of rare Arabian wildlife.
Each dome would be 100 percent self-sustaining, featuring the likes of waste management and water recycling on site.
They were designed by Barash Architecture, which undertook the challenge of not only creating something sustainable, but also appealing to tourists.
The firm located the domes in the Hajar Mountains of the UAE, and in order to build the domes switly, each one will be made from prefabricated compounds.
Inside to temperature-controlled environments, the likes of palm trees will bloom over top of seating areas, while other sections will include water features.
At the heart of the designs, Baharash Bagherian, the founder of Baharash Architecture, said, is the intent to make everything “in harmony with nature.
He added: “The bioclimatic indoor environments will provide visitors with thermal comfort, restorative and therapeutic benefits.
“The concept of ecotourism is rapidly evolving as travellers’ habits change, socio-economic challenges grow and new technologies emerge. The increase rate of climate change is also fuelling new thinking in ecotourism.”
“Ecotourism aims to provide the same level of benefits to future generations.
“This can be achieved by ensuring that our activities today do not compromise the needs of future generations.”
“Ecotourism brings many benefits to host communities whilst also enhancing travellers’ experience.
“It can increase employment and provide long-term income-earning opportunities for locals. It can help to conserve natural heritage, biodiversity and local ecosystems.”
“The Biodomes project is a good example of how ecotourism can be used to support nature conservation.”
In a statement, the organization said: “By 2021 United Arab Emirates is expected to attract 45 million visitors, some of which will be looking to visit UAE’s stunning mountains.
“Yet uncontrolled conventional tourism causes harm to these natural areas, by putting excess pressure which can lead to impacts such as increased pollution, soil erosion, loss of natural habitats and endangered species.
“The design provides visitors with a unique experience and a sense of being outside in nature.
“Visitors will also enjoy organic local cuisine in the restaurant which offers amazing views of the beautiful landscape.”