Gallery: AETER Architects Unveils Utopian Eco Island for Hong Kong Bord...

 
Grecian architecture firm AETER has created an innovative and environmentally sensitive vision of what a new passenger terminal building on the China-Hong Kong border could look like. "Eco-Land" was AETER's entry into the recently closed Design Ideas Competition for Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point Passenger Terminal Building. The design of Eco-Land incorporates many native plant species that have been displaced by human development in the highly industrialized Pearl River Delta region, which includes both Hong Kong and neighboring Shenzhen. Eco-Land's greenery-covered walls function as a sponge, absorbing pollutants from the air.

Spanning the Shenzhen River, the Eco-Land island terminal links economic powerhouse Shenzhen and its neighbors in the Guangdong province with the international finance and trade center of Hong Kong. The competition, co-sponsored by both Hong Kong and Shenzhen, seeks a “people-oriented” design that reflects the spirit of collaboration between the two populous and economically interlinked regions. With a population of over seven million, and mountainous surroundings dotted with nature preserves, Hong Kong is increasingly focused on green building and sustainable development in its remaining space.

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  1. kcraft82 August 5, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Interesting article. Sustainable design strategies can also be applied to super-tall buildings in China such as the Shanghai Tower http://www.gensleron.com/cities/2011/7/18/shanghai-tower-sustainable-strategies-in-a-super-tall-buildi.html

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