How do you make economic botany interesting to teenagers? Who cares where coffee comes from?
The Eden Project has reinvented how a botanic garden works, what it is for and who it needs to reach.
A disused quarry was transformed into one of the UK’s most popular visitor attractions and a leading educational botanical resource. It raises awareness of issues and initiatives that could lead to a more sustainable way of living.
LUC was the landscape designer and masterplanner of the internal and external landscape at Eden, “the living theatre of plants and people”.
While working on the project, we collaborated with a number of professionals – from horticulturalists and soil scientists to sculptors and artists. The masterplanning design process meant bringing everything together into a coherent design, as well as solving technical problems such as stability and drainage. The resulting landform is sculptural to accommodate the scale of the architecture and designed to minimise man-made slope stabilisation.
It was a dream project for a landscape architect, and we’re proud that it’s recognised as one of the most exciting projects of the last 100 years.
If you’d like our creative input and unparalleled experience on your landscape design, whatever the environment, please contact Adrian Wikeley.