Eden Project, located at Corwall in the United Kingdom, is an all-encompassing environmental compound. The Eden Project consists of a wide number of domes housing various plant species collected from different corners of the world, with apiece following an innate biome. There are primarily two biomes and another one is under planning.
The domes are predominantly shaped like hexagon in addition to a small number of pentagons, which are used to interlock the entire construction in concert. Each of the domes look like a transparent cushion, however, made up with tough plastic material. While one dome facilitates tropical environment, the other contributes to warm temperate.
Layout and Planning
The entire Eden Project is built using abandoned china clay trench.
Tim Smith was the planner of this huge project and it was architected by Nicholas Grimshaw with the help of Anthony Hunt and Associates. Additionally, Davis Langdon was heading as the project manager, and Sir Robert McAlpine with the help of Alfred McAlpine undertook the responsibility of construction.
MERO took the responsibility of the designing and constructing the biomes. The entire Eden Project took more than two and half years to finish and it became public on 17th March in the year 2001. Predominantly there are two biomes, which are connected with each other with a winding pathway.
The Great Biomes
Two biomes are covered under the china clay pit. One biome, the Humid Tropics Biome, is the biggest biome on earth. It covers a vast area measuring 180ft height, 328ft width and 656ft length. Predominantly the use of this biome is limited for tropical plants, such as banana, giant bamboo, rubber, coffee and many other tropical plants.
On the other hand, the Warm Temperate Biome, another biome under Eden Project, is used to house warm temperate plants as well as arid plants such as grape vines, hops, tea, lavender and hemp. The height, width and length of this biome are 115ft, 213ft and 443ft respectively.
‘The Edge’, the third biome, was planned to be constructed in the excess spaces left behind the construction of other two biomes. The purpose of this particular biome under Eden Project is to explore the disputes mankind have to experience as a result of climate change.
In September, 2005, Eden Project added another feather in their hat, known as ‘The Core’. It offers an excellent educational facility to the visitors of Eden Project. It incorporates a classroom setup as well as exhibition spaces exploring the central theme of the Eden Project regarding the integral relationship between human and plants and how they are mutually dependent on each other.
The construction of ‘The Core’ building is unique and it resembles the shape of high-ceilinged timber roof. Nicholas Grimshaw again proved his excellence while designing the geometrical shape of the copper-clad roof of ‘The Core’ building with the help of a sculptor, Peter Randall-Page.
One more interesting note that the copper used in the roof was obtained from traceable sources. Eden Project is persistently working on finding out further potential supply of traceable routes so that the possibility of unethical metal mining can be effectively minimized.
Eden Project is located at Bodelva, Cornwall. You can travel there by bus or train. In order to get there by train, you need to arrive at St. Austell Railway Station, from there take the benefit of Eden Branchline bus service, which is quite frequent throughout the day. Apart from taking bus from railway station, daily bus service is also available from Newquay Airport to Eden Project.
When you are at Eden Project, you can be rest assured of the availability of high quality organic food in order to refueling your stomach. All the cafés and restaurants offer vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free foods to its visitors. All the food pubs are popular for their ability to cater foods for all flavors. Additionally, it also offers bear and wine.