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Grimshaw makes Asian debut

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Grimshaw Architects has completed its first project in Asia - this Eden Project-style, eco-centre in South Korea

Described as an ‘environmental visitor attraction’, the National Ecology Centre in Seocheon was designed by the same team from Grimshaw who drew up the 2001 Stirling Prize-shortlisted Eden Project in Cornwall.

The practice worked with Samoo Architects and Engineers on the 33,000m² ecological park. 

The Ecorium scheme, which was won in a competition organised by Korea’s Ministry of the Environment, contains five connected biomes that allow visitors to experience flora and fauna from the tropical rainforest, cloud forest, dry tropics, cool temperate and Antarctic regions.

The structure is designed to maximize internal daylight levels and promote plant growth with steel arches supporting a lightweight glazing system.


Project data

Architect Grimshaw
Structural engineering Thornton Tomasetti
Environmental systems Atelier Ten
Botanical design specialist Zoo Horticulture
Exhibit design Lyons Zaremba

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