Opening in 2001, Eden (the Eden Project) located in Cornwall, United Kingdom was designed by the architecture firm Grimshaw Architects. The Eden project consists of two enormous biospheres in an abandoned quarry. The project was a collaboration aimed at creating an environmental center for the new millennium. The hugely successful facility saw over two million visitors in the first eight months of being open and has become an exciting destination for travelers from all over the world.
Each of the biospheres recreates different aspects of the Earth’s environment from rainforests to the temperate regions. The structures are built to be adaptable to many different climates; the framework is light and flexible as to be shifted and changed when necessary.
The Eden Project does much more than offer a memorable day out in Cornwall. Eden is also a charity and social enterprise.
As well as creating stunning gardens and laying on fantastic arts and music events, much of our energy goes into:
- running transformational social and environmental projects on our doorstep and around the world
- creating unforgettable learning experiences for students
- doing valuable research into plants and conservation
- making sure we run our operations in the greenest possible way.
This is a video from The Eden Project Site about all they offer the community. It is pretty phenomenal. Eden is definitely a place that make me want to completely nerd out. Science, architecture, arts, and community all in one place, who would ever want to leave Eden?
Photography by Simon Burt, Apex Photo Agency; Gabriel Kaisers, Apex Photo Agency; Edmund Sumner/View; Perry Hooper
Inspiration for this post came from The Little Book of Design Classics by McDermott.