Eden Project

Grimshaw, Cornwall, 2001


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View of geodesic dome structure across the valley 

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  • View of geodesic dome structure across the valley    
  • The epic scale of the disused Bodelva china clay pit provided the site for the eden project. The crator is 60m deep and is the width of 35 football pitches    
  • The terraces of the quarry wall combine with Grimshaws structure to create a sapce which is awe-inspiring    
  • Visitor Centre    
  • A close up of the ETFE     
  • Layout plan    
  • Long section    
  • Biomes structural build-up    
  • Biome Link in construction    
  • Detail plan and section through node    
  • Detail perspective and section through node    

Geodesic dome-like centre providing series of exhibition rooms, interpretation spaces and an open amphitheatre to house both permanent and temporary exhibits of nature

The building is organised around multiple routes through the horticultural and exhibition spaces, allowing for the themes of Eden Project to be explored by visitors in a number of ways.

A soaring transparent roof is shaped by a number of factors: The creation of spaces high enough to accommodate the plants, the harvesting of rainwater for use in the building, and the collection of solar-heated air.

This heated air drives a seasonal heat storage system, as well as powering internal wind turbines as part of the process of venting the horticultural space.

The roof's ETFE covering allows light for the plant exhibits, which are located on south facing terraces to maximise exposure to sunlight.

Internal heat and lighting systems are backed up by the Eden Project's biomass system, creating a carbon neutral structure in terms of heating and hot water.


  • Completed: May 2001
  • Floor area: 23,000m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £75M
  • Procurement: Guaranteed Maximum Price
  • Address: The Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall, PL24 2SG, United Kingdom

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