The Eden Project Biomes

Michael Pawlyn was central to the Grimshaw team that set out to radically rethink horticultural architecture.

Nature inspired the supremely efficient structural form and this was enclosed with an insulating polymer membrane that had one hundredth of the weight of a glass solution. The result is one of the lightest structures ever created and a building that is largely self-heating using passive solar design principles.

The scheme has won numerous awards and is the only World Heritage Site created by a living architect. During its first three years of opening, the project contributed £0.5 billion to the local economy and transformed many people’s perception of Cornwall.

Client - Eden Project Limited
Architects - Grimshaw
Environmental Engineers - Arup
Landscape Architects - Land Use Consultants
Structural Engineers - SKM Anthony Hunt