Eden Project Aerial Walkway
Blue Forest – Architectural Services
Location: Eden Project, Cornwall
Form of Contract: RIBA Consultancy Contract
Blue Forest are delighted to have been appointed as the lead design consultants assisting in the creation of the Eden Project Aerial Walkway and developing Europe’s leading rainforest education resource at the Eden Project, Cornwall. Central to these plans is the design of over 150m of canopy walkway stretching through the treetops and an authentic expedition base camp, which will take visitors on a journey of discovery.
The Eden Project Aerial Walkway is a timber and steel framed decked walkway. The Aerial Walkway will be completed in phases over the next three years. The first phase was recently completed and The Eden Project is working to raise funds to deliver the next design elements. Future phases of the project include elements such as a steampunk inspired Weather Station, a Research Station, a Waterfall Cave and a Biodiversity Nest Tree House.
An amazing parkour free running video featuring Tim Schieff and Pip Andersen has been filmed in Eden and most particularly on the walkway: click here to see it!
The design of The Biodiversity Nest Tree House draws inspiration from nature and in particular from the ‘Weaver Bird’, which gets its name because of its elaborately woven nest. The weaver bird is common across East Africa, where Blue Forest’s founder Andy Payne was born. The Biodiversity Nest will lie in the middle of the rainforest canopy with two 16m bridges spanning out to it, and a timber enclosure which will provide additional shading to assist with visitor comfort. The Biodiversity Nest will be used as an education space concentrating on biodiversity in the natural rainforest.
Andy Payne, states: “We were presented with a particularly challenging brief from the Eden Project Team, to design a tree house structure unlike any other that will complement its unique setting in the Tropical Rainforest Biome… we are confident that the Biodiversity Nest will offer a completely new visitor experience at The Eden Project.”
The architectural model of The Biodiversity Nest Tree House has been selected for The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2013. The model will be on display to the public from 10 June — 18 August 2013 within the Sculpture Room. Now in its 245th year, the Summer Exhibition remains a much anticipated highlight of the arts calendar, serving as a unique window on to all areas of the contemporary art world.
The Eden Project chose to work with Blue Forest because of our reputation for creating structures that reflect the environment in which they are built. Blue Forest are collaborating with Jerry Tate Architects in the development of the scheme.