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Climatron

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Identification

Climatron
387075

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Structure in General

low-rise building
existing [completed]
aluminum
glass
exposed structure

Usages

greenhouse

Facts

  • Winner of the 1961 Reynolds Award for architectural excellence in aluminum.
  • The dome was made up of 3,625 Plexiglas panes which were replaced in the late 80's by 2,425 panes of Saflex.
  • Named one of the 100 most significant architectural achievements in United States history in 1976.
  • The weight of the dome is carried to the ground on five piers around the perimeter of the circle. The interlocking triangle design helps to distribute weight throughout the dome, allowing it to be lightweight but strong.
  • It is lit at night by 36 400-watt metal halide lights spaced equally around its circumference.
  • It features no interior support and no columns from floor to ceiling, which allows more light and space for plants.
  • When completed, the Climatron was one of the world's most advanced display-research greenhouses.

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Location

4344 Shaw Boulevard
63110
Shaw
St. Louis
Missouri
U.S.A.

Technical Data

70.00 ft
1960
1990
$776,000

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