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🟩 GreenBricks Building of the Week 🟩 Eden Foundation Building

Botanical green


The office building for renowned visitor attraction, The Eden Project, is of equal organic form. Completed 2 decades ago, it proves the green capabilities for decarbonising stock is well established.


📍Location

Cornwall, UK


🏢Building Details

  • 19,000 sq. ft. across 2 floors

  • Completed 2002, office for Eden Project administrative team and library facilities

  • Construction cost: £2.5m


👷🏾‍♀️Contractor & Project Manager


✍️Architects & Engineers


🌱Sustainability

  • BREEAM Excellent

  • One of the UK’s best insulated buildings through use of 241mm deep Warmcel™ = recycled newspapers

  • Building raised off the ground with timber columns: minimising soil removed + cement needed during construction

  • 100% PVC-free specification with all materials sourced from sustainable suppliers: lightweight timber box inside breathable metal skin

  • Materials chosen + prefabrication meant building was erected with ease and speed without need for large cranes


🥦 Wellbeing

  • Additional training rooms and seminar area creating a fully flexible space

  • Floors arranged around a central open staircase; largely open plan

  • Timber-decked external terraces creating a projecting curved balcony with panoramic views


🎈Bonus feature

The West façade is timber clad with Canadian Western Red Cedar. This was selected due to its natural durability and the fact it doesn’t need to be treated with preservatives. It also weathers well: the building looks more characterful over time.


🔗 Check it out https://grimshaw.global/projects/the-eden-project-the-foundation-building/


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