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Wetland Park

The proposed Urban Park creatively exposes the function and form of an operating constructed wetland system. The overall design strategy focuses on human interaction with water in order to celebrate its cultural and historical significance in Kunshan.The park consists of four terraces of varying height that enable the natural flow of water through the wetland system. The arrangement of these terraces is choreographed using a variety of spatial typologies such as canyons, valleys and open plain, which instill a rich range or atmospheres within the park. The ground floor circulation is inspired by the traditional Kun Opera fan, with key points of circulation along the northern road edge converging to one landmark: the Water Stage. The programme of each terrace is staged, reflecting the changing quality of the water as it is cleansed by the wetland system.

 

 

The first terrace is four metres tall as it shelters a proposed educational centre with an exposed water pump and a water institute where water quality could be tested and maintained. This terrace also features an arboretum, to highlight the different plant species used throughout the wetland. The second terrace celebrates Kunshan’s native wildlife and aims to create a naturally thriving ecology with the introduction of certain species of frogs, fish and birds. This terrace sits above a car park, and features secluded pavilions and small, intimate ponds that embrace this natural wildlife. The third terrace is defined by the integration of a topographic landscape – a series of small “mountains” which provide a central vantage point for the site overlooking areas such as the Water Stage. The fourth and final terrace explores the theme of human interaction with water. Users can swim in the fresh water swimming pool, play in the creek and splash ponds and watch performances on the water stage. Each terrace is sloped to allow water to flow with gravity along the series of terraces and into the canal. Water bridges allow water to flow between the terraces, whilst enabling people to walk above, alongside or across waterfalls of water.

 

Ultimately, the proposed wetland park aims to create a functioning wetland system that cleanses water whilst enabling the relationship between water and the individual to thrive.

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Wetland Concept

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Ground Floor Circulation

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Boardwalk View

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Wetland Vegetation Typologies
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Wetland Species and Water FLow

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Wetland Diagram

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Program Diagram

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Interactive Water Play
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Wetland Axonometric

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Water Conditions

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Interactive Water Play

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Canyon

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Water Stage

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Amphitheatre

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Urban Wetland section

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Wetland Central Zone

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