A biome for the Eden Project, St Austell, Cornwall
Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners
Built 1998–2001
Model; 2002; plastic
V&A; loan: Grimshaw

Two problems have to be solved by all building construction

  • how to keep the walls up
  • how to span the spaces between them

See how the use of solid walls such as brick and stone has produced chunky low-rise buildings.
Learn how frame structures have been used to create tall buildings, clad with a range of materials from wattle and daub to glass.
Discover how architects and builders have developed arches, vaults and domes to span wide roof spaces.


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