Ecological Center Project
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Architect Nicholas Grimshaw
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Location St. Austell, Cornwall, England   map
Date 1996   timeline
Building Type Zoo Project
 Construction System plastic glazing and tensile-braced steel.
Climate mild temperate
Context rural post-industrial
Style High Tech Modern
Notes Anthony Hunt Associates, Engineers. Home of the Eden Project. Arching tensile-braced struts enclose a tapered organically-deformed vault-like form.




Discussion Ecological Center Project Commentary

The arching tensile-braced struts enclose a large cliffside habitat with an tapered organically-deformed vault-like form, criss-crossed three-dimensionally by interweaving catwalks.

"It was like a scene out of Stanislaw Lem's science fiction classic Solaris, with the swirling mists spiraling upward from a giant crater deep within the earth. Slowly, through the haze, emerged a city, no ordinary urban conurbation but an epicenter under giant geometric domes on a lunar landscape.

"This is not life, as we know it this is the future. Welcome to the Eden Project!

"The 21st century Garden of Eden in the southwest of the United Kingdom arouses the senses, encouraging the erstwhile stagnant subconscious to run riot. The mission, to show how human beings rely on plants, has resulted in a series of huge lunar-like domes surrounded by an equally dramatic landscape built into a 200-foot- (60-meter-) deep disused china clay pit near St. Austell in Cornwall. ..."

— Don Barker, "UK Garden of Eden", ArchitectureWeek No. 55, 2001.0620. pD1.1.

Sources on Ecological Center Project

"UK Garden of Eden", by Don Barker, ArchitectureWeek No. 55, 2001.0620. pD1.1.

"British Design Awards by London AIA", by ArchitectureWeek, ArchitectureWeek No. 31, 2001.0214. pN1.2.

Peter Davey. "The Gensis of Eden", The Architectural Review, March 1996, Volume CXCIX No 1189. Commentary, plan and section drawings and model photographs, p65-67.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Ecological Center Project


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The Eden ProjectThe official site, with photos and visitor information.

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