Grimshaw Architects, the London firm responsible for designing the bubble-shaped ecological park the Eden Project, has penned a £100 million deal to design a similar scheme named China Eden in Qingdao.
UK education and environmental charity The Eden Project has partnered with Chinese developer Jinmao Holdings Limited and Grimshaw Architects to design and develop a second Eden Project.
The contract for the center was signed at the British ambassador’s residence in Beijing over the weekend, in the presence of UK business secretary Sajid Javid. The signatories were the Eden Project, China Jinmao Holdings, the Qingdao High-tech Industrial Development Zone Administration and Qingdao City Construction Investment.
Eden China will sit on the convergence of two rivers near Qingdao, on a piece of reclaimed land that has been ravaged by salt production and prawn farming.
Over 63 million visitors are attracted to the area around Qingdao each year in part for its expansive beaches and the horticultural shows held at purpose-built venues including an aluminium-clad pavilion modelled on a flower by Dutch firm UNStudio and sprawling wetland structures by HHD_FUN.