THE Shenzhen Municipal Public Works Bureau recently released an open tendering for the design of the exhibition part of the Shenzhen Mangrove Wetland Museum.
The museum, combined with the international mangrove center in Shenzhen, will be the city’s new landmark in terms of ecological culture. The international mangrove center will be the world’s first international exchange and cooperation center for mangrove protection.
The museum, considered as national level, will be jointly constructed by the National Forestry and Grassland Administration and the Shenzhen government. Located at the junction of Shenzhen Bay coastal reclamation zone and the corridor featuring both mountains and seas, it is close to major urban facilities and areas such as the mangrove nature reserve, Shenzhen Bay Park, Shenzhen International Garden and Flower Expo Park and the Futian integrated transportation hub.
The exhibition project combines functions such as mangrove ecological protection, exhibitions, collections, scientific knowledge popularization and research, international conferences, recreation and leisure. It will cover a land area of about 108,000 square meters, with a floor area of about 45,000 square meters and about 12,000 square meters for exhibitions. The investment for the exhibition project is expected to reach approximately 220 million yuan (US$32.02 million).
The tendering for the architectural design of the museum has been jointly won by Trace Architecture Office and Aiyikang Design and Consulting (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd., with the design inspired by “a flying bird” and “mangroves,” combined with light structures and semi-circular arc roofs.
Mangrove, the city tree, is considered as the city’s cultural symbol. The museum is designed to convey the central idea that mangroves are a complicated and magical ecosystem which plays an important role in both nature and human society.
The museum consists of seven exhibition areas plus a front and back lobby, exhibiting the relationships among all kinds of living things and those between living things and environmental factors in the mangrove system, as well as the system’s impact on human society.
ARTICLE FROM: Shenzhen Daily