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Location: St Blazey, Cornwall, UK

Architect: Nicholas Grimshaw

Website: www.edenproject.com

The Eden Project is a multiple greenhouse complex and a must see destination in the United Kingdom.Thecomplex is dominated by two enclosures consisting of adjoining domes that house plant species from aroundthe world. Each enclosure emulates a natural biome. The domes consist of hundreds of hexagonal andpentagonal, inflated, plastic cells supported by steel frames. The first dome emulates a tropicalenvironment, and the second a Mediterranean environment.

The Tropical Biome, covers 1.56 hectares (3.9 acres) and measures 55 metres (180 ft) high, 100 metres (328ft) wide and 200 metres (656 ft) long. It is used for tropical plants, such as fruiting banana trees,coffee, rubber and giant bamboo, and is kept at a tropical temperature and moisture level.

The Mediterranean Biome covers 0.654 hectares (1.6 acres) and measures 35 metres (115 ft) high, 65 metres(213 ft) wide and 135 metres (443 ft) long. It houses familiar warm temperate and arid plants such asolives and grape vines and various sculptures.

The Outdoor Biome (which is not covered) represents the temperate regions of the world with plants such astea, lavender, hops, hemp and sunflowers.

Information is used from: www.edenproject.com

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