The Tianjin Eco-City Business Park is currently being developed as part of the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Start-up Area. SSTEC have commissioned HASSELL as the landscape architect for the overall business park and the landmark building within the business park. The landmark building will become a showcase project for the whole site, incorporating a range of sustainable design principles and strategies.
This project responds thoughtfully to the climatic conditions of the Tianjin seafront, which includes wet summers, dry and cold winters. It also responds to the problem of the sustainable management of water resources through a variety of strategies, including porous pavements to 80% of hard surfaces, bio-swales, a rain garden and bio-retention pool, and a drip irrigation system which can reduce water consumption by 40%-60%. These features provide an instructive experience for visitors to the site, through the display of water collection, treatment and recycling.
Greywater produced on site can be exported to other locations, providing a sustainable supply of water for the broader urban area. In addition, the landscape actively remediates the soil of the site, which currently has high salinity.
The design principles and strategies for the demonstration site will be implemented across the whole of the Eco City through a comprehensive guidelines document. This document includes a range of topics, including vegetation and material selection, water collection and recycling systems, signage and lighting design. This work has ensured that the strong design ideas developed by HASSELL for the landmark site will inform the design and implementation of many projects in the future.