Arts & culture projects
In collaboration with treehouse specialists Blue Forest, we started working with the Eden Project in 2011 to design a series of high level visitor walkways through the rainforest canopy in the existing Humid Tropics Biome. These new interventions will include a treetop research station, an area explaining sustainable rainforest crops, a traditional indigenous treehouse and a waterfall cave.
We completed phase 1 of the walkway in 2013. This includes a new high level loop with two 20 metre long bridges spanning to an 8 metre high platform, which is an education space to explain the complex rainforest ecosystem. We are planning a future timber enclosure to this platform, dubbed the ‘Biodiversity Nest’ which is due on site in coming months.
Construction of the Phase 1 works was technically challenging as the site could only be accessed by a set of existing double doors in the biome while the construction could not damage the existing delicate planting, all materials needed to withstand the harsh rainforest environment. The team had to finish within a construction period of 5 months and the biome remained open to the public throughout.
We are about to start the design for Phase 2, called the ‘Weather Station’ which will be developed in collaboration with the Met Office and Royal de Luxe theatre company. The Eden Rainforest Canopy Walkway is set to provide an educational experience which will be completely unique to Europe.
Location: Cornwall, UK
Client: Eden Project Ltd.
Timescale: Phase 1 completed May 2013
Size: Phase 1 – 400 m2 / All phases – 1,000 m2