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Eden Project

Building the biomes

The main Eden Project complex consists of a series of connected geodesic domes (biomes), which were designed using 3D computer modelling. The designs were fed directly to a machine shop, where an automated production line computer controlled the cutting of the components. These were then numbered and delivered to the site flat packed, complete with assembly instructions. Most of the components were hexagons and triangles, with the odd pentagon to make all the pieces fit together into a dome.

Once this was sorted out, the steel framework of the biomes was erected. The worlds largest scaffolding structure was needed to do this 125m across and nearly 60m high, with about 100,000 poles! The biome panels were finally fitted, according to instructions.

What are the biome panels made of?

Overcoming problems

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