The Eden Project is a collection of giant bubble-like biomes in Cornwall in the United Kingdom that, together, comprise the largest greenhouse in the world. It is an attraction not only for its stunning exterior that resembles of icebergs, but also for its interior containing plants from all over the Earth in all different colors, shapes and sizes.
The complex is dominated by two gigantic enclosures consisting of adjoining domes that house plant species from around the world. Each enclosure emulates a natural biome. The domes consist of hundreds of hexagonal and pentagonal, inflated, plastic cells supported by steel frames. The first dome emulates a tropical environment, and the second a Mediterranean environment. Even, if you are not big flora lover, this magnificent eco complex worth to visit it.
The project was conceived by Tim Smit, designed by architect Nicholas Grimshaw and engineering firm Anthony Hunt and has three main biomes: the Tropical Biome, the Mediterranean Biome and the Outdoor Biome (which is uncovered). The Tropical Biome houses plants such as fruiting banana trees, coffee, rubber and giant bamboo, while the Mediterranean Biome is home to European plants such as olives and grape vines. The Outdoor Biome is filled with plants that can be grown outside in the UK climate like tea, lavender, hops, hemp and sunflowers.
In addition to being an educational center that teaches visitors about the importance of preserving plant species and nature, the Eden Project also employs several sustainable strategies like using a rainwater catchment system and wind energy.
Really ecological, really huge, really variegated and really amazing. [Eden Project]