At first glance, the image above may look like a base on another planet, but it’s actually The Eden Project, a popular tourist attraction in Cornwall, UK. This complex boasts two gigantic enclosures of “adjoining domes that house thousands of plant species, and each enclosure emulates a natural biome.” Continue reading for a video, more pictures, and additional information.

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The project was conceived by Tim Smit and designed by architect Nicholas Grimshaw and engineering firm Anthony Hunt and Associates (now part of Sinclair Knight Merz). Davis Langdon carried out the project management, Sir Robert McAlpine and Alfred McAlpine did the construction and MERO designed and built the biomes. Land Use Consultants led the masterplan and landscape design. The project took 2½ years to construct and opened to the public on 17 March 2001.

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