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The Eden Project

Hob Uid: 1344569
Location :
St. Blaise
Grid Ref : SX0489054870
Summary : Designed by Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners, The Eden Project is a showcase for global biodiversity and human dependence on plants. It is located in the old china clay pit at Bodelva, near St Austell and the 'experience' is divided into linked climate-controlled 'biomes' ; one recreates the rainforest of the humid tropics and the other the warm temperate climate of the Mediterranean. Each of the biomes is made up of four joined domes which span up to 130 metres. The domes themselves are constructed from self-supporting and interconnecting tubular steel hexagonal frames. There cladding takes the form of hexagonal inflatable 'pillows' of ETEF (ethyltetrafluoroethylene) - a transparent foil. The two biomes are joined by 'the link' a low-tech, grass-roofed building which was conceived as a complete contrast to the space-age biomes. There are also more buildings in the pipeline: funds are being sought for a third 'arid' biome and for an education centre. In addition, plans are currently being drawn up for a 200-bedroom hotel on the site.
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Source Number : 1
Source : Architects' journal
Source details : 22-Feb-91
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Source Number : 2
Source details : www.edenproject.com
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Source Number : 3
Source : eden regained
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Page(s) : 40-7
Figs. : PLAN, ELEV
Plates : PLATES
Vol(s) : vol CCX No 1254

Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : Built 1998-2001
Monument End Date : 2001
Monument Start Date : 1998
Monument Type : Glasshouse, Botanic Garden, Temperate House
Evidence : Extant Building

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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 05 SW 59
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