Sir Nicolas Grimshaw & Partners
In his time,
Buckminster Fuller, the great pioneer and mentor of innovative
architectural and structural visions, dreamed of roofing over entire
cities to create new and exciting living spaces.
Today, Texlon ETFE Systems can turn this concept into reality, creating breathtaking indoor spaces, like the Eden Project.
Architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw sought to create an innovative enclosure for a tropical rain forest and Mediterranean biomes, more than 80m deep into a clay pit.
The Eden Project is the World's largest self-supported transparent envelope, with individual panels up to 80sqm in area. The biomes themselves are made up of 625 hexagons, 16 pentagons and 190 triangles. They contain 667 tonnes of steelwork and enclose 536 tonnes of air. The largest biome could enclose the Tower of London. Over 230 panels are intelligently controlled and operable for ventilation.