A team led by Grant Associates and featuring WilkinsonEyre has won an international competition for a new 41 hectare Friendship Park in Tianjin, northern China
The winning scheme will create a new landmark waterfront green space for Tianjin Eco-City which is being jointly developed by the Chinese and Singapore governments.
The victorious team – which also includes environmental consultant Atelier Ten and structural engineer Atelier One – was chosen over rival bids led by SWA Group from San Francisco and Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl of Germany.
The appointment comes five years after the same team of consultants completed Singapore’s iconic Gardens by the Bay featuring 18 ‘supertrees’ and two giant Cooled Conservatories. The 2012 project’s client, Singapore’s National Parks Board, is advising Tianjin Eco-City on the latest Friendship Park scheme.
Commenting on the win, Stefaan Lambreghts of 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.’
The winning Friendship Park scheme features a conservatory comprising five glass biomes each housing tropical plant collections and water gardens. A wetland centre, an urban dock, play areas, an event lawn and amphitheatre will also be delivered.
Intended as an ‘all-season, international tourist destination’ for the emerging 30 sq km eco-city, the new park will occupy a prominent plot overlooking the Gu Dao Canal. Launched in 2008, Tianjin Eco-City is a bilateral project between China and Singapore aimed at sustainably hosting up to 350,000 inhabitants by 2020.