Our Story

2012

Tropicalia

The project needed a name and an identity conveying the idea of a change of landscape while keeping the feeling of being on the Opal Coast. The name Tropicalia was born.

2014

First meetings with local elected officials

Many meetings took place with elected officials and the French Regional Committee for Tourism (CRT) to get general approval of the concept.

2016

Creation of the project company, Opal Tropical Concept

March 2018

Public announcement of the project

On March 22, 2018, at the Cinos Theatre in Berck-sur-mer, the project was officially presented to the media.

2019

Obtaining the building permit.

2011

IDEA and CONCEPT

In 2011, Veterinarian Cédric Guérin thought of an original concept to share his passion for tropical wildlife, hoping to reach a wider audience.

His idea took the form of a giant tropical greenhouse built under a single dome. The aim of the project was to inspire children and adults to respect and protect nature, to learn while being amazed.

2013

Meeting with architects
Coldefy et Associés

While looking for EFTE (Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene is a fluorine-based plastic) suppliers to build the dome, we found the architects and a few weeks later, the project was sketched out.

2015

Meeting future partners

Cédric Guérin gathered around him experts from different fields: Nicolas Fourcroy, an expert in subsidies linked to energy and partnerships, and Philippe Charrier, from construction.

Summer 2016

Visit to the Eden Project

Visiting the Eden Project was instrumental in the installation of a sustainable heating system in our greenhouse. From the beginning of our project, using fossil fuels (gas, fuel) to heat the greenhouse was not an option. During our tour to Cornwall, we noticed that even when the weather was cloudy, the English structure opened part of its dome to release warm air caused by greenhouse gases. We therefore thought of an ingenious solution: combining the double dome with a heat recovery system.

2018

Architizer Award

The project has received 3 international prizes with special honours for “integrated landscape”.

2020

Selection and hiring of construction companies.

After many months working with our engineering consultants we selected companies that were able to build the sort of atypical building we wanted for Tropicalia. We also gave an edge to local companies in our selection to ensure that the benefits would be spread locally and across the region.

2011

IDEA and CONCEPT

In 2011, Veterinarian Cédric Guérin thought of an original concept to share his passion for tropical wildlife, hoping to reach a wider audience.

His idea took the form of a giant tropical greenhouse built under a single dome. The aim of the project was to inspire children and adults to respect and protect nature, to learn while being amazed.

2012

Tropicalia

The project needed a name and an identity conveying the idea of a change of landscape while keeping the feeling of being on the Opal Coast. The name Tropicalia was born.

2013

Meeting with architects
Coldefy et Associés

While looking for EFTE (Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene is a fluorine-based plastic) suppliers to build the dome, we found the architects and a few weeks later, the project was sketched out.

2014

First meetings with local elected officials

Many meetings took place with elected officials and the French Regional Committee for Tourism (CRT) to get general approval of the concept.

2015

Meeting future partners

Cédric Guérin gathered around him experts from different fields: Nicolas Fourcroy, an expert in subsidies linked to energy and partnerships, and Philippe Charrier, from construction.

2016

Creation of the project company, Opal Tropical Concept

Summer 2016

Visit to the Eden Project

Visiting the Eden Project was instrumental in the installation of a sustainable heating system in our greenhouse. From the beginning of our project, using fossil fuels (gas, fuel) to heat the greenhouse was not an option. During our tour to Cornwall, we noticed that even when the weather was cloudy, the English structure opened part of its dome to release warm air caused by greenhouse gases. We therefore thought of an ingenious solution: combining the double dome with a heat recovery system.

March 2018

Public announcement of the project

On March 22, 2018, at the Cinos Theatre in Berck-sur-mer, the project was officially presented to the media.

2018

Architizer Award

The project has received 3 international prizes with special honours for “integrated landscape”.

2019

Obtaining the building permit.

2020

Selection and hiring of construction companies.

After many months working with our engineering consultants we selected companies that were able to build the sort of atypical building we wanted for Tropicalia. We also gave an edge to local companies in our selection to ensure that the benefits would be spread locally and across the region.

2021

See you at the first stone!