The Eden Project is an exciting attraction where you can explore your relationship with nature, learn new things and get inspiration about the world around you. It was constructed in a 160-year-old exhausted clay quarry at Bodelva, near St. Austell, in Cornwall and established as one of the Landmark Millennium Projects to mark the year 2000 in the UK. The project was conceived by Tim Smit, designed by architect Nicholas Grimshaw and opened on 17 March 2001.
The complex is dominated by two huge emulating natural biome enclosures which consist of adjoining domes that house plant species from around the world. 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. The Core is the latest addition to the site and opened in September 2005. It provides the Eden Project with an education facility, incorporating classrooms and exhibition spaces designed to help communicate Eden’s central message about the relationship between people and plants. Accordingly, the building has taken its inspiration from plants, most noticeable in the form of the soaring timber roof, which gives the building its distinctive shape.
The Eden Project includes environmental education focusing on the interdependence of plants and people; plants are labeled with their medicinal uses. The massive amounts of water required to create the humid conditions of the Tropical Biome, and to serve the toilet facilities, are all sanitized rain water that would otherwise collect at the bottom of the quarry. The only mains water used is for hand washing and for cooking. The complex also uses Green Tariff Electricity — the energy comes from one of the many wind turbines in Cornwall, which were among the first in Europe. In December 2010 the Eden Project received permission to build a Geothermal electricity plant which will generate approx 4MWe, enough to supply Eden and about 5000 households.
Here’s some of main attractions to enjoy while visiting the Eden project:
1. World’s largest rain forest in captivity with steamy jungles and waterfalls.
2. Cutting-edge architecture and buildings.
3. Stunning garden displays all year round.
4. World-class sculpture and art.
5. Evening gigs, concerts and an ice rink in the winter.
6. Educational center and demonstrations to inspire all ages.
7. Brilliant local, fairly-traded food in the restaurants and cafes.
8. New rainforest lookout that takes you above the treetops.
9. Living example of regeneration and sustainable living.
10. Free land train running on biofuel.
Check out the brief video about the Eden project
[Source: Eden Project]