LDA Design has been commissioned to help create the first of the Eden Project’s visitor centres in China.
The Eden Project is embarking on developing visitor centres in the US, China and Tasmania. The UK education and environmental charity is planning three for China.
Grimshaw Architects and the creative consultancy LDA Design have been appointed to create the first of these – a new ecological park near the port city of Qingdao on China’s east coast.
Water will be the main feature for Qingdao, and LDA Design and their ecology team will help to create wetlands, freshwater and salt lakes, swales, reed beds, rain gardens and beaches.
One of the Eden Project’s key messages is that the world is ours to make better. The ecological park will harness Eden’s capacity, proved in Cornwall at the same time as providing an understanding of water purification and how we can go about water protection and conservation.
The new park, which is being developed by Jinmao Holdings, is situated on reclaimed land where two rivers meet.
The site will draw on China’s 4,000-year-old relationship with the environment as well as the Eden Project’s ecological principles.
Neil Mattinson, LDA Design’s senior board director, said: “We are thrilled to be part of the design team developing China’s first Eden Project, enabling people to explore and understand what water means for life on earth.
“This is a truly amazing part of the world and our aim is to create an unforgettable, rich experience where lasting memories are made at the water’s edge. We hope it will be a place where people return time and again.”
Since opening in Cornwall in 2001, over 19 million people have visited the Eden Project to discover more about plant life.
It is estimated to have boosted the local economy by £1.7 billion.