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Eco-park will symbolise China-Singapore friendship

UK and Singapore-based landscape architect Grant Associates has won an international competition for a new 41ha city park in northern China.

The park will occupy a central location in Tianjin Eco-City on the Gu Dao Canal.

The company says its design vision for the Tianjin Sino-Singapore Friendship Park is that it will welcome visitors of all ages, celebrate the friendship between China and Singapore, and embodying the principles of sustainability.

Its masterplan aims to translate these ideas onto site by interlocking contrasting landscapes and characters – such as water and land, nature and city – while maintaining a unity in the design.

The proposal is for a conservatory of five glass biomes, housing tropical plant collections and water gardens. Other key design elements include a wetland centre, an urban dock, play areas, event lawn and amphitheatre.

Alongside Grant Associates, the design team for the conservatories includes WilkinsonEyre Architects, environmental design consultant Atelier Ten and structural engineer Atelier One.

Stefaan Lambreghts, associate at Grant Associates, said: “Friendship Park is a hugely exhilarating and ambitious project. Our vision is to create a sustainable, playful and life enhancing landscape alongside inspiring architecture. Together this will provide a rich variety of spaces in which people can come together to play and learn, and have fun.

“The park symbolises many things. It represents the close relationship between China and Singapore, as well as the connection between people and nature, land and water, shelter and exposure. Friendship Park will exemplify the vital role of public parks in providing space for people of all ages to enjoy a rich variety of experiences with nature.”

Tianjin Eco-City, which was initiated in 2008, is a bilateral project between China and Singapore aimed at creating a blueprint for the future development of sustainable cities.

When completed in around 2020, the eco-city will house up to 350,000 people in a low-carbon, green environment.