The Core, Eden Project, Cornwall
The education building at Cornwall's Eden Project, inspired by the shape of the head of a sunflower. It is used for exhibitions, films and children's workshops.
It has been dubbed the Core and is the new £15m education building at Cornwall's Eden Project - a curious, plant-like building, all timber twists, steel turns and copper tines, or prickles
At its own core, open to the sky, a giant seed pod whittled down from 157 tonnes of Cornish granite, etched with spirals by the sculptor Peter Randall Page, is designed to act as the visual generator of the building's bravura structure.
This winds, gyres and spirals in a great spectacle around and above visitors' heads.
Its design, inspired by the plant "architecture" of sunflower heads, follows the famous mathematical sequence, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34 and so on, discovered by Leonardo da Pisa, and called Fibonacci, in the 13th century. This is better known today as a plotting device in Dan Brown's bestseller The Da Vinci Code.
I was drawn to the reflection of the wood in the pond..........