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The Biggest Greenhouse in the World

A former china claypit at Bodleva, near St Austell in Cornwall, is being transformed into a 21st century ‘garden of Eden’ with an unusual and innovative structure. Two huge bubble-like domes (biomes), composed of steel spaceframes covered with triple layers of ETFE (Ethyltetrafluorethylene), have been constructed in the 60m-deep crater to form the world‘s largest greenhouse. It will become a protected environment for plants from around the world in settings which explain their habitats, uses and environmental importance to visitors. Kathy Stansfield

Author(s): Stansfield, K

Keywords: greenhouses;eden project, st austell, cornwall;etfe;domes;steel frames;design;joints;cladding;stressed skin