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Tianjin Qiaoyuan Wetland Park

TeamKongjian Yu, Shi Chun, Wang Jun, Ji Sheng, Hu Hanyu, Zhang Bo, Su Xinglan, Feng Xianjun, Wang Yunfeng, Lin Li, Zhang Xuenian, Jia Jun
LocationTianjin, China
AwardHonor Award in general Design,Professional Awards,2010, The 2nd World Architecture Festival Award : Category Winner, 2009, Jing Rui Science and Technology Award: Excellent Landscape Architecture, 2009
DescriptionInspired by the adaptive vegetation communities that dotted the landscape in this region, Turenscape called this park. The Adaptation Palettes, designed to let nature do its work with minimal management. Twenty-one pond cavities were constructed, varying from ten meters to forty meters in diameter and from one meter to five meters in depth. Some cavities are below ground level and some are above, within mounds.

Through the seasons` evolution, patches of different species of the regional water- and alkaline-sensitive vegetation grow in correspondence to the conditions of the individual cavities. Though it is too difficult to grow trees in the saline alkaline soil, the ground cover and wetland vegetation are richly diverse and vary in response to subtle changes in the water table and pH values. Initially seeds of mixed plant species were sowed in the varied habitats to start the vegetation; other native species were allowed to grow spontaneously wherever this was suitable. In the rainy season and due to the shallow underground water, some cavities turn into ponds, some into wetlands, and some into seasonal pools; some stay dry. Through the season`s rain wash, the saline-alkaline soil of the dry cavities is improved, while nutrients deposit in the deeper ponds that catch stormwater runoff. Within some of the cavities are wood platforms that allow visitors to sit in the middle of the vegetation patches. A network of red asphalt paths weaves through the palettes. Along the paths are environmental interpretation plaques that offer descriptions of natural patterns, processes, and native species.

Stormwater is retained in the cavities; diverse water-sensitive communities have evolved. Seasonal changes in plant species occur and integrate with the beauty of the “messy†native plant landscape. In the first two months of its opening, from October to November 2008, about 200,000 people visited the park; hundreds still visit every day. Awards: 2009 World`s Best Landscape Award, World Architecture Festival, 2010 Honor Award, General Design, American Society of Landscape Architects 2008 National Habitat Award, The Housing and Urban and Rural Construction Ministry, China.
ClientEnvironment construction and Investment Co., Ltd, Tianjin City
Start date01-05-2005
Area Units.q.m.
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