The centrepiece of the project is a 90.000 sqm paleobotanic biome building, formed as two interlocking crescents which accommodate a sequence of controlled environments.
Each environment allows visitors to travel through time and experience the changes to plant life and landscape that have occurred on the spot where the gardens will be created. Each garden is to be presented as a complete environment, including those plant species from each era which survive to this day and accommodating the ‘ghosts’ of species that have been lost.
The gardens are presented as a time-line which lead the visitor through different botanical epochs. As well as the prolific Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, the gardens will cover the Devonian era, followed by the Carboniferous, Cenozoic and later Paleobotanic periods.
The final enclosed garden within the crescent building is the Garden of Choices, an educational space which explore and explains how the lifestyle and industrial choices we collectively make today could change the landscape in different ways for future generations
Plan of the Paleobotanic crescent biome building