With green and ecology as the core theme, Suzhou Huanyuandang Ecological Restoration and Shoreline Linkage Project is the first cross-provincial ecological restoration project in China. Through the design of shoal wetlands, the conceptual form of simulating fish migration is introduced. The water culture from the south of the Yangtze River is integrated into the spatial composition, architectural modeling, plant system and furniture construction. The sponge system combines the landscape design to realize the positive design mode. The restoration of the Yuandang ecosystem truly illustrates the “New Space of Jiangnan Culture”.
The ecological design of the shoal wetlands is derived from the concept of “fish migration” and its relationship with the water surface. The water culture from the south of the Yangtze River is integrated into the spatial composition, architectural modeling, plant system, and furniture construction.
Leveraging GIS technology to simulate the current terrain, measurements of height differences and hydrodynamics are used to calculate a rational setting for introducing a sponge system that combines with the landscape design to realize positive ecological results.
As part of the landscape design, a hidden landscape flood control walkway was introduced, thus abandoning the previous rigid method of a flood control dike. The design combines the flood control shoreline with the landscape. The terrain, sketches, plants, etc., are naturally integrated with the flood control route so that the walkway can be hidden in the whole environment, which improves the spatial experience of walking.
The carrying out of this important ecological project relied heavily on the application of ecologically-native materials and advanced design techniques to achieve the desired landscape effects cost-efficiently. Additionally, the project adhered to a “low intervention” development program to reduce impacts on the greater ecological environment of the site.
Suzhou Huanyuandang Ecological Restoration and Shoreline Linkage Project
Landscape Architect: Tus-Design Group Co.,Ltd
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