If you happen to be in the Southwest coast of England, specifically St. Austell, Cornwall, you may want to make your way to the Eden Project.
What is the Eden Project? It just happens to be the largest greenhouse in the world.
The key feature of the Eden Project is two biomes, or self-contained ecosystems, consisting of 5.5 acres. One is called the Tropical Biome, which is nearly four acres in area and measures 180 feet high, and has horticulture that you would see in South America (such as bananas and coffee). The second one is the Mediterranean Biome, which measures one and one-half acre in area and contains plants that grow in arid environments.
The biomes are constructed from tubular steel with mostly hexagonal external cladding panels made from thermoplastic ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (or ETFE), which provides high corrosion resistance and strength over a wide temperature range. The structure is self-supporting, with no internal supports.
According to the Eden Project website: as well as creating stunning gardens and laying on fantastic arts and music events, much of our energy goes into:
- Running transformational social and environmental projects on our doorstep and around the world
- Creating unforgettable learning experiences for students
- Doing valuable research into plants and conservation
- Making sure we run our operations in the greenest possible way.
To learn more, check out the Eden Project’s website. Photo courtesy: Eden Project