This very first nature reserve in Hong Kong brings the beauty of biodiversity to the concrete jungle!
If you live in the city, nature can sometimes feel more remote than it really is – and when you don’t have a car to whisk you up the coast to the mountains in a matter of hours, that distance still seems longer. Different institutions like museums and zoos are able to get us out of this urban haze for now, but soon enough, their icy exteriors, contemporary furnishings and revolving doors spit us out onto the sidewalks, reminding us that our city is “jungle” still are mostly made of concrete. In Hong Kong, however, a nature reserve, built by LAAB Architects and PLandscape, lurks under skyscrapers to change the relationship of city dwellers with nature.
LAAB Architects and PLandscape have teamed up to create The Nature Discovery Park, a rooftop nature conservatory that takes an educational approach to providing city dwellers with a much-needed escape to nature and lessons for younger generations on preserving biodiversity. from their own city. In order to embrace outdoor facilities such as restaurants and learning centers, the Nature Park is located on the roof of the Hong Kong Port K11 MUSEA Cultural Center. Adapting to unpredictable weather and air quality, the park’s main greenhouse uses telescoping glass sliding doors to facilitate naturally ventilated outdoor learning experiences. The frame of the structure is constructed from steel and aluminum, while the interior attributes its furnishings to wood that has been harvested from sustainably managed forests. The nature reserve’s own gardens are dotted and sprawling with plant boxes of the biodiversity prevalent in Hong Kong. Filled with wide branches and long-leaved bushes that seem to spill over onto the grassy walkways, Nature Park guests can follow the organized scenery, while learning about the city’s natural life along the way. Finding its center between lush greenery and butterfly gardens, the prefabricated greenhouse was installed on-site to avoid unnecessary construction practices and maintains a hydroponic nursery, providing a soil-free medium for horticulture.
The main keep of the nature reserve is also home to a farm-to-table dining experience and herbarium museum that showcases Hong Kong’s rich diversity of natural biodiversity and plant life, originating from its shores of Victoria Harbor. . Nature Discovery Park is Hong Kong’s premier biodiversity museum and sustainability-themed education park, offering workshops, tours and interactive experiences related to both the vibrancy and diversity of Hong Kong’s ecological presence. Kong. Much like the High Line in New York City, the gardens at Nature Discovery Park are organized and maintained to suit their city environment and allow guests to physically immerse themselves in the surrounding natural abundance.
Designer: LAAB Architects x PLandscape