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The Biodome building was designed by French architect Roger Taillibert as part of his larger plan for an Olympic park. The building was in that time the velodrome.

In 1988, a feasibility study was conducted for converting the velodrome into a biodome. Construction started in 1989, and the facility was opened to the public on 18 June 1992 as the Montreal Biodome.

The facility allows visitors to walk through replicas of four ecosystems found in the Americas:

1. The Tropical Forest is a replica of the South American rainforest.
2. The Laurentian Forest is a replica of the North American wilderness.
3. The Saint Lawrence Marine Eco-system is an estuary habitat modelled on the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.
4. The Sub-Polar Region is a habitat that is divided into Arctic and Antarctic.

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