The Eden Project

Cornwall, UK

Project Description

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.

Project Details

Client
Eden Project Limited
Size
23,000 sq m
Completion Date:
Selected Awards
2001
Stirling Prize for Architecture: Runner Up
2001
AIA London/UK Chapter Excellence in Design Awards
2001
RIBA Awards
2001
British Construction Industry Awards
2001
Business Commitment to the Environment Awards
2000
Structural Steel Design Awards