Arts & culture projects
This project was completed by Jerry Tate as project architect for Grimshaw.
This project brings together all the educational activities of the Eden Project under one envelope. The accommodation in the building ranges from a triple height exhibition space, a lecture theatre, seminar rooms, children’s classrooms, staff offices and a cafe. These functions are sheltered under a timber canopy roof conceived as a ‘tree of knowledge’. The design for this roof is formed around a structural grid based on a Phyllotactic pattern, which is the geometry of nearly all plant growth. In addition to this biomimicry the building also includes many sustainable technologies such as earth-cooled ground tubes and photovoltaic panels.
Location: Cornwall, UK
Timescale: Completed 2005
Size: 3,157 sq m
Awards: 2006 LABC National Built in Quality Awards