The Eden Project
Perhaps too few projects set out to inspire a sense of wonder in the end user. But then there are very few projects like the Eden Project. Built in a neglected china-clay pit outside the town of St Austell, Cornwall, the Eden Project’s twin biomes rise out of the earth like some mysterious alien architecture. These domes are actually the world’s biggest greenhouses, and since opening in 2001, now draw around a million people a year. Visitors come not just for the innovative architecture and rainforest flora, but also its education centres and events programme. As a symbol of regeneration – transforming a disused industrial site into a celebration of our interdependence with nature – the original Eden has kick-started a wave of sister projects across five continents.