The Eden Project
The Eden Project endeavours to recognise our country’s heritage of plant exploration while simultaneously looking to the future. Key to The Eden Project’s success is Grimshaw’s transformation of a place of relative anonymity into a truly multi-functional site with visitor experience at its core. One of the primary environmental strengths of The Eden Project is to consider what it replaces. Previously, the site was a china clay pit and was still being excavated during the design phase. The strategy of replacing an almost uninhabitable clay pit with a new natural habitat is perhaps in principle the biggest environmental success of Eden Project. Situated in a 15-hectare landscaped site, it is an excellent example of successful place-making.
The Eden Project has created its own unique culture comprising performance, educational and artistic spaces which extends far beyond the site itself. The Project currently employs around 600 permanent staff, 95% of whom were recruited locally and 75% of whom were previously unemployed. The project has four completed phases to date. The fifth phase, The Edge, has its roots in the original ambition to have a Biome that focuses on the desert regions of the world.
- Eden Project Limited
- 23,000 sq m
- Completion Date:
- Selected Awards
- Stirling Prize for Architecture: Runner Up
- AIA London/UK Chapter Excellence in Design Awards
- RIBA Awards
- British Construction Industry Awards
- Business Commitment to the Environment Awards
- Structural Steel Design Awards
- Sealand Aerial Photography