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Out of all the thousands of conservation projects in the UK, the Eden Project is amongst the most spectacular. The enormous biodomes that make up the Eden Project house thousands of plant species, all of which live in harmony with one another in a natural biome. Aiming to underscore the relationship between humans and plants, the site offers visitors the chance to explore the world of flora and learn how we can better protect our natural environment. Explore the treetop canopy of a living rainforest within the stunning architecture of the Eden biodome. The Rainforest Biome captures the experience of walking through four different rainforests around the globe, from tropical islands to South-East Asia, West Africa and South America.

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Many other examples of unique and sustainable architecture can be found across the Eden site, including the plant-inspired Core building. Designed by Grimshaw Architects, our two Biome buildings - the Rainforest Biome and the Mediterranean Biome - each consist of several domes joined together, and are joined in the middle by the Link building.

Grimshaw's starting point was the geodesic system made famous by the American architect Buckminster Fuller, who designed the Montreal Biosphere in Canada.

The geodesic concept provided for least weight and maximum surface area on the curve — with strength. See our Pinterest board of other geodesic architecture. The moment we saw it we loved it, because it felt natural — a biological response to our needs, but forged in materials that would allow us to explore the cultivation of plants in a way never before attempted.

The clay pit was still being mined when the Biomes were designed. In the face of this constantly shifting landscape, Grimshaw hit on the idea of soap bubbles. Remember blowing bubbles as a kid? They adapt to any surface they settle on. And, when two or more bubbles join, the line of the join is always exactly perpendicular straight up and down. The outer layer is made of hexagons the largest is 11 metres across , plus the odd pentagon. The inner layer comprises hexagons and triangles bolted together.

The steelwork weighs only slightly more than the air contained by the Biomes. The structures are more likely to blow away than down, so are tied into the foundations with ground anchors, a bit like tent pegs. Each window has three layers of this incredible stuff, inflated to create a two-metre-deep pillow. Find out about sustainable construction at Eden.

The word 'biomimicry' describes the process of humans borrowing designs and systems from nature to create their own technology. Jolyon Brewis of Grimshaw Architects did exactly that when he based the architecture of our Core education centre on the growth blueprint of plants. The spirals on a pinecone, pineapple and sunflower, like the Core roof, usually represent two consecutive numbers in this sequence. The brief asked the architect for the building to be fit for purpose, future-proof, made with responsibly sourced materials, energy efficient, and constructed with minimal waste.

The structure is made of double-curved glulam glued laminated timber beams the timber is endorsed by the Swiss Forestry Stewardship Council. This unusual initiative has led to much more work on the minerals supply chain.

Elsewhere in the Core, you'll find recycled wood, plant-based floorings Marmoleum from flax, carpets from maize , and concrete from china-clay sand low carbon footprint. The little green tiles are made from recycled Heineken bottles.

Find out more about the sustainable construction features of the Core. Architecture at Eden. Key info Architecture inspired by nature Context-specific designs Low-energy buildings. Each hexagonal window has three layers of ETFE. Early sketches of Biome structural elements on napkins. Architectural sketch of whole Eden site. The dome structures are hex-tri-hex space frames with two layers. Building Eden in a former clay mine presented many challenges.

Solar panels on the roof of the Core building. Fibonacci spirals can be clearly seen in the Core's ceiling. Video Documentary by Grimshaw Architects. Video Timelapse of Biome and Core build. Biome architecture Designed by Grimshaw Architects, our two Biome buildings - the Rainforest Biome and the Mediterranean Biome - each consist of several domes joined together, and are joined in the middle by the Link building.

Inspiration Grimshaw's starting point was the geodesic system made famous by the American architect Buckminster Fuller, who designed the Montreal Biosphere in Canada.

Find out about sustainable construction at Eden The Core architecture Inspiration The word 'biomimicry' describes the process of humans borrowing designs and systems from nature to create their own technology. Design and materials The structure is made of double-curved glulam glued laminated timber beams the timber is endorsed by the Swiss Forestry Stewardship Council.

Together our Outdoor Gardens, Rainforest Biome and Mediterranean Biome cover about 13 hectares - the same as over 35 football pitches! We used 2,, 11m-long rock anchors to stabilise the sides of the clay pit. In building the Biomes, we got into the Guinness Book of Records for using the most scaffolding, miles of it! During the build 43 million gallons of rainwater fell in 90 days. Wonderful thank you. More from the Eden website See how we were built Sustainable construction at Eden.

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Inside the two biomes are plants that are collected from many diverse climates and environments. The complex is dominated by two huge enclosures consisting of adjoining domes that house thousands of plant species , [3] and each enclosure emulates a natural biome. The biomes consist of hundreds of hexagonal and pentagonal , inflated, plastic cells supported by steel frames. The largest of the two biomes simulates a rainforest environment and is the largest indoor rainforest in the world [4] and the second, a Mediterranean environment. The attraction also has an outside botanical garden which is home to many plants and wildlife native to Cornwall and the UK in general; it also has many plants that provide an important and interesting backstory, for example, those with a prehistoric heritage.

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Many other examples of unique and sustainable architecture can be found across the Eden site, including the plant-inspired Core building. Designed by Grimshaw Architects, our two Biome buildings - the Rainforest Biome and the Mediterranean Biome - each consist of several domes joined together, and are joined in the middle by the Link building. Grimshaw's starting point was the geodesic system made famous by the American architect Buckminster Fuller, who designed the Montreal Biosphere in Canada. The geodesic concept provided for least weight and maximum surface area on the curve — with strength. See our Pinterest board of other geodesic architecture.

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