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AETER Architects Unveils Utopian Eco Island for Hong Kong Border Crossing

Posted By Emily Peckenham On August 5, 2011 @ 12:50 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Gallery,Green Building | 1 Comment

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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 [1] of over seven million, and mountainous surroundings dotted with nature preserves, Hong Kong [2] is increasingly focused on green building and sustainable development in its remaining space.

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With high volume vehicle traffic expected at the border crossing, Eco-Land includes a traffic portal where emissions will be removed via a series of high-tech solar powered turbines that empty into the Eco-Lab. The Eco-Lab comprises the outer portion of the terminal building, where plants and bacteria would function as “bio-filters” [3], breaking down and digesting vehicular emissions [4] and other pollutants. AETER imagines that the Eco-Lab could provide an outdoor garden for nearby urban dwellers to enjoy, as well as a possible platform for scientific investigations. Eco-Land consists of five layers: a water and air base over the river, a circulation and natural cooling layer, the terminal structure, a pollution-absorbing natural sponge, and the Eco-Lab, where a natural landscape would dominate.

+ AETER Architects [5]

Via ArchDaily [6]

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[1] population: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2747.htm

[2] Hong Kong: http://inhabitat.com/airy-chu-hai-college-campus-in-hong-kong-will-be-cooled-by-sea-breezes/

[3] “bio-filters”: http://www.livingwallart.com/air-filter/natural-air-cleaning/

[4] vehicular emissions: http://inhabitat.com/china-launches-trial-clean-e-taxi-program-in-shenzhen/

[5] + AETER Architects: http://www.aeter.gr/index.aspx

[6] ArchDaily: http://www.archdaily.com/155920/international-design-ideas-competition-entry-aeter-architects/02_resize/

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