Eden Project Invisible Worlds
Location: Cornwall, UK
Client: Eden Project
Timescale: Five year exhibition opened May 2018
Size: 3360m²
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The Invisible Worlds project comprised a major reconfiguration of the Core building, the installation of permanent installations and exhibits, and a five-year programme of live events, workshops, artworks, education programmes and temporary exhibitions.

The exhibition communicates the story of the small microbial drivers of the big natural systems that replenish our fresh air and water, regulate our climate, feed our plants and us, and help keep us healthy. The centrepiece of the exhibition is an 8m tall ceramic sculpture by Studio Swine, which blows smoke rings scented with the different periods of the earth’s history.

Tate Harmer worked to co-ordinate the construction works associated with the exhibition, working closely with the Eden Project, Studio Swine and a wide range of sub-contractors and exhibition designers to ensure the success of the scheme.

‘Invisible Worlds is a major new exhibition revealing the world beyond our senses: too big, too small, too fast, too slow, too far away in space and time.’ – Eden Project

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The Core building was completed by Jerry Tate as project architect for Grimshaw in 2006. It 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.