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Support the construction of the Biodome! A year round tropical park, and sustainable technology research center.
Support the construction of the Biodome! A year round tropical park, and sustainable technology research center.
149 backers pledged $16,653 to help bring this project to life.

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We've re-imagined modern green architecture.

By integrating a natural ecosystem with modern engineering principles and cutting-edge technologies, we created the Biodome: 

A rendered image of the finished dome!
A rendered image of the finished dome!

Why are we building the Biodome?

We care about building a brighter future. This means creating a place to:

  • Showcase and develop cutting-edge sustainable technology.
  • Improve mental health and physical well-being.
  • Engage with and learn about exotic flora and fauna.
  • Gather and talk with friends, classmates, and neighbors.

Let's inspire people to live more satisfying, creative, and sustainable lifestyles.  

The green roofs on interior buildings are designed to grow large vegetation and develop over time
The green roofs on interior buildings are designed to grow large vegetation and develop over time

So... What is the Biodome?

It's the result of years of iterative design, with the goal of creating the most advanced tropical greenhouse experience to deeply engage individuals and communities.

Imagine a tropical oasis available year-round, protected by a geodesic dome.   

As a nature-enriched learning center, the Biodome will offer entertainment, meeting spaces, educational programs, and social connection to those searching for a place to relax and learn.  

We're creating an incubator for social change by connecting people with nature.

 Key Interior Design Features

  • 150' across and 75’ tall with a completely column-free interior for a natural outdoor feel.
  • 14' waterfall cascading into a stream and pond, sparkling and full of life.
  • Performance area with accompanying hillside seating. 
  • Open garden areas with tables and chairs dispersed throughout.
  • Multiple internal buildings including a study lounge and conference room for visitors.
  • A fully-developed tree canopy with the understory and layering of a real forest.  
  • Scenic overlooks provide visitors a place to take in the sights and sounds.
  • Full interior WiFi coverage maximizes work space productivity.
Click image for a pictoral walkthrough of the dome!
Click image for a pictoral walkthrough of the dome!

Sustainable Engineering Components

  • Transparent glass solar panels provide power and summer shading. 
  • Bio-evaporative cooling and solar thermal absorption mass stabilizes temperature.
  • Insulated open concrete foundation passively balances pH and Na+.
  • Low-energy climate control system is driven by natural temperature convection.
  • Grey water processing for aquatic system recharge balances evaporation.
  • Durable glass and aluminum structure with corrosion-free stainless steel fasteners increases facility lifetime.

 Creating a World-Class Research Facility 

To ensure a lasting impact and economic self-reliance, the Biodome will open itself to the world as a unique place to: 

  • Showcase sustainable technology where the impacts can be experienced firsthand.
  • Provide companies a platform to develop and test their green technology.
  • Understand mental health's connection to the inputs of the natural world.
  • Investigate how social interactions open up in the comfort and security of nature.
Vistors relaxing in the amphitheather can also get a great view of the cliff face and open sky
Vistors relaxing in the amphitheather can also get a great view of the cliff face and open sky

We move fast, with your help, this is where we're heading!

Why Kickstarter?

 First Goal: $15,000

So far we've self-funded our project, but now we need the Kickstarter community to help!

Specifically, the funds will go towards the following: 

  • An architectural review (landscaping and interior design).
  • An engineering feasibility study.
  • Organizing documentation for final site approval.
  • Starting financial negotiations with contractors.
  • Cover marketing costs for conversations to the global community.

Here's a Breakdown:

As a 501(c)3 Non-profit we are able to provide tax deductions to donations
As a 501(c)3 Non-profit we are able to provide tax deductions to donations

 Stretch Goal: 

$25,000 - All backers will receive a signed Biodome 18"x24"poster:

 Limited Run for our Kickstarter Backers

Looks great on any wall!
Looks great on any wall!

Who Benefits?

In a world of screens and walls, we've unknowingly removed nature's influence from our lives.

Recent scientific studies have proven the benefits of being in nature:


Thank you from our entire team, we appreciate your support!

Proudly formed at Michigan State University!
Proudly formed at Michigan State University!

About Us

We are a student-led, student-driven group made up of some of the best engineers, biologists, psychologists, and marketing strategists Michigan State University has to offer.

We're trailblazers at heart, and we hope to inspire the construction of similar structures at universities and in cities across the country.

We believe in the Biodome and its mission to emphasize the importance of interacting with nature while showcasing the sustainable and green technology the facility will use. 

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Special thanks to our supporters:

Special Thanks to the Eutopia Team!!
Special Thanks to the Eutopia Team!!

Risks and challenges

The community is positive and ready for us, but we are early in the funding process, and this has prevented final project approval.

However, we are hopeful that after a successful Kickstarter we will be able to demonstrate financial viability, validating our well-developed engineering design, and gain all the necessary construction approvals. (see timeline*)

*In the future, the specific construction time frame is subject to the University Approval process tempo.

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    For the Biodome's biggest fans, only 100 are available! Thanks for helping us push the boundaries of sustainable architecture.

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    Inscribed Brick

    Immortalize yourself in stone inside the Biodome! Get an inscribed brick in one of the study courtyards! (We will reach out to you directly to customize your brick and choose the location!) - Other items will be delivered ASAP

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    Entrance Building

    Get your name proudly displayed in the main entrance to the Biodome! Tens of thousands of visitors will see the names of those who helped us go boldly where no greenhouse has gone before!

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