The Eden Project has appointed Grimshaw to design a new wave of eco-tourist attractions in Australia, New Zealand and China
The expansion plans include three schemes in China: in Qingdao, which is expected to start on site later this year; in Yan’an; and at Sheng Lu Vineyard in Beijing.
There are also proposals for a new centre in Hobart, Australia, which will involve regenerating 15ha of environmentally damaged land, and another scheme in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Grimshaw designed the Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes at the original Eden Project in Cornwall, which opened in 2001.
The latest projects are backed by Eden Project International, part of the Eden Trust.
Grimshaw partner Jolyon Brewis said: ‘Grimshaw’s relationship with Eden Project spans over 20 years and we are proud to help bring Eden’s ethos to new audiences through unique architecture, landscapes and immersive content.’
In an interview with The Guardian, Tim Smit, co-founder of the Eden Project and chair of Eden Project International, also said the group was planning several other Eden Projects, including one in Britain at junction 27 of the M5, another in Tasmania and one in the USA.
The Eden Project told the AJ that Grimshaw was designing the latter, as well as another project linking three old walled gardens in Derry, Northern Ireland.