It looks like a scene from a science fiction movie but this glass-topped park proposed by Orproject would act as a kind of fresh air reserve.
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The proposal by Orproject, the London-based architecture and design practice set up in 2006 by Francesco Brenta, Christoph Klemmt, Rajat Sodhi and Renato Papa is part filter, part outdoor hospital, a place where people can breathe in peace. The innovative design is a transparent, ultra-lightweight canopy inspired by the geometry of butterfly wings.
The idea of covering larger areas of a city by a transparent surface has most famously been proposed by Buckminster Fuller with his dome over New York, but his proposal was conceptual and would not be feasible to construct. However, Orproject together with a specialist contractor has developed a new type of construction system which is light-weight and affordable.
The proposed roof system can be used to enclose an urban botanical garden, but the system also lends itself for many other applications at various scales: It can be used to economically enclose playgrounds or school yards, it can form the atrium of an office building or shopping mall, or it can be used to cover the gardens of an apartment complex.