Photo by: Ikhwan Zailani

Australia's Amazon Waterlily Pavilion a Work of Art

by News Staff / April 1, 2014

Located in Adelaide, Australia, the Amazon Waterlily Pavilion houses the world’s largest Amazon Waterlily.

Commissioned by the South Australian government in 2003 and designed and built by Aurecon and Flightpath Architects, the structure was inspired by the lily's giant leaves, and consists of 80 percent self-cleaning, energy efficient glass -- even its load-bearing beams, columns and walls are glass.

The water lily bloomed for the first time in the structure on Jan. 1, 2008. The flower was nearly 12 inches in diameter and almost 5 inches tall, according to the Botanical Gardens of Adelaide. The largest lily pad was nearly 65 inches in diameter.