南京新加坡·南京生态科技岛景观设计 | 棕榈设计
In spring, enjoy blooming flowers in the breeze and drizzle; in summer, watch the shadows of the trees in the green shade of cicadas.
In autumn, appreciate grass and wheatears dancing under the moon and the stars; in winter, watch the snow stepping on the branches in silvery white.
The four seasons reincarnate. Time flies like a flowing river. Have we ever thought of returning to nature and soothing our tired hearts while running in a hurry in the city?
Return to nature from the hustle and bustle of the city. Feel the wild in the ecological nature. Enjoy life in a wild space.
初见 | First sight
A sail makes a big splash. Lush forests and verdant waters are endless. Jiangxinzhou is the hinge of the Yangtze River, which separates on its north and reunites at the south…
Singapore-Nanjing Eco High-Tech Island (hereinafter referred to as “Jiangxinzhou”) is located in the Yangtze River, only 6 kilometers from the downtown of Nanjing. It stretches from southwest to northeast, resembling a green plum, and is also called “Meizizhou”. Based on the overall planning concept of “Ecological Technology • Wild City”, Jiangxinzhou is committed to creating a model city integrating high-tech industrial development, low-carbon life, and tourism and leisure functions into a whole.
▲“江心洲”鸟瞰，aerial view ©棕榈设计
The project is located in the south of Jiangxinzhou, on the downstream slope of the Jiajiang River between Diding Road and Huandao Road, and is an important part of the Jiangxinzhou Waterfront Scenic Belt.
The site has not yet been developed at our first survey. The original ecological plants, ponds and dense woodland were scattered freely, exuding the original ecological charm of the waterfront style of the Yangtze River. Therefore, we thought how to integrate the waterfront style into the future site design, and rearrange and design the topography of the site to create a natural, comfortable and pleasant green waterfront corridor, attracting urbanites out of the city and re-enjoy the wild beauty of the nature.
▲场地原状，original site ©棕榈设计
续写 | Continuation Writing
Setting sun, fragrant flowers…the wild beauty of the nature makes people forget all the pains and troubles. What a beautiful natural world! Sunlight shining, shadows in the water mottled, flowers and plants overgrown, birds chirping and bugs singing everywhere…
▲花飞樵路香，fragrant flowers along the path ©棕榈设计
长江边的野趣绿廊 | Wild green corridor by the Yangtze River
The project occupies a total area of nearly 370,000 m2, with a length of 2.5 kilometers and width of 40-130 meters. The ecological and wild green corridor along the river is like a green emerald necklace inlaid on the bank of Jiangxinzhou. We reorganized the site topography, and reasonably connected the site, urban roads and the Diding Road, paid attention to the spatial opening and closing changes of the site, and used a large number of ecological plant varieties to construct the landscape style and characteristics of the site, showing an ecological, wild and technological overall design concept.
▲绿廊平面图和交通系统分析，green corridor plan & transport system ©棕榈设计
观赏植物的种植组合及应用 | Planting combination and application of ornamental plants
“Plants” are the most sensitive to time among all the landscape elements. Although the four seasons change as usual, there are always surprises. We minimized the intervention of natural conditions, reorganized and used the existing vegetation, and integrated over 300 varieties of wild ornamental vegetation to make the entire park with a colorful, wild and smart landscape atmosphere.
▲多彩缤纷，野趣灵动的景观氛围，a colorful, wild and smart landscape atmosphere ©棕榈设计
A large area of ornamental grass was used to highlight the beauty of ecological nature. The views of “Nanjing International Youth Cultural Center” and “Nanjing Eye Pedestrian Bridge” were used to reflect the beauty of modern technology. The ecological and wild planting is combined with the background of modern technology. Hope that people here get the interface experience between ecology and modernity.
▲生态野趣的种植与现代科技的背景相结合，the ecological and wild planting is combined with the background of modern technology ©棕榈设计
尊重与重塑场地地形 | Respect and reshape the site terrain
We made use of terrain condition in landscape design, focusing on function and landscape, to create relaxing and flexible spatial changes. As the maximum elevation difference between Diding Road and Huandao Road is nearly 4 meters, we used the gradual and natural grading methods to solve the elevation difference between the site and the Diding Road. The terrain was carefully designed to make it natural, reasonable and changeable. Sometimes it is gentle and sparse, sometimes high and undulating, attracting visitors to entertain and play.
▲设计运用逐级放坡和自然放坡的方式消化了场地与堤顶路的高差，gradual and natural grading methods were used to solve the elevation difference between the site and the Diding Road ©棕榈设计
The Diding Road facing the inner side formed a terrain slope suitable for the growth of regenerated forests and wildflower meadows by the terrain modification. When the afterglow of the setting sun shines on the flowers and plants on the slope, the shadows of the trees and the mottled light and shadow make the grass slope very attractive.
▲草坡，grass slope ©棕榈设计
丰富的空间开合变化 | Rich space opening and closing changes
Space opening and closing, and color changes, under different conditions and light, are full of different interests and changes. The project relies on plants to create a lawn field that sometimes open for gatherings, sometimes a quiet place private for you to empty your thoughts and whisper, sometimes half-open to enjoy the beautiful scenery, and feel the beating and rhythm that nature brings us .
▲开放的草坪场地，the open lawn field ©棕榈设计
Here is an open lawn space; the turn is a half-enclosed space for wild gardens and trees; and the distance is a large lawn for relaxing, with shades of trees.
The shrubs and grasses retreat, leaving space for the lawn, half-open and half-closed. The terrain is slightly undulating, decorated with some flower bands and fundamental trees, branches sticking out, slightly hidden. Visitors can take a break on the lawn, and enjoy the pleasure under the shade of trees.
▲灌木、草坪、花带和掩映的树，shrubs, grass, flower bands and fundamental trees ©棕榈设计
We connected the main entrances and exits with the upper green island transportation system plan to ensure the coordination of the ecological scenic belt. Meanwhile, it is hoped that this design can fundamentally improve the surrounding ecology and put it into leisure spaces, using shaped curve elements to reflect the harmony between technology and surrounding environment. Chirping birds, fragrant flowers, and dense plants …are faintly visible in the park.
▲出入口鸟瞰，aerial view to the entrance/exit ©棕榈设计
▲景观座椅，the landscaped seating area ©棕榈设计
Arbors provide shade for visitors, while landscape stones are arranged casually, where visitors can sit and relax. The project creates a contemporary and aesthetic space environment based on the principle of “Pleasant Design”, which meets the needs of modern urban residents to go outing and return to nature.
▲乔木和景石，arbors and landscape stones ©棕榈设计
Zaha Hadid’s works “Nanjing International Youth Cultural Center” and “Nanjing Eye Pedestrian Bridge” are used as a distant view to show the charm of modern cities. The front space is fully blanked with a large lawn and framed by plants. Facing each other across the sky, it seems to have an interesting dialogue between natural ecology and modern technology.
▲从园区望向南京国际文化青年中心，view to Nanjing International Youth Cultural Center from the park ©棕榈设计
▲从园区望向南京眼步行桥，view to Nanjing Eye Pedestrian Bridge from the park ©棕榈设计
Slow walking trails, with twists and turns, run throughout, follow the delicate flowers beside, and feel the unique tenderness.
▲步道两旁的花溪，the delicate flowers along side the trails ©棕榈设计
彰显 | Highlight
When we are in nature with chirping birds, fragrant flowers and fresh air, we will feel that everything is thriving. However, have you ever appreciated nature carefully?
Plants show the natural beauty and group beauty of individual growth. They are full of wild interest, pursuing the style and essence that originate from nature, present nature, and return to nature. We used a variety of unique ways such as creative forest, flower border, and ecological grass ditch to reflect the wild beauty of spaces and plants, so as to highlight the feeling of smart changes and colorful colors.
▲万物欣欣向荣，everything is thriving in the park ©棕榈设计
钻云樟林 | Camphor Forest
Camphor tree (a kind of wild camphor, its trunk is upright, with high branches and small crowns). The design boldly utilized the unusual species of camphor trees to create the enclosed space, making it the background and highlight of the site, which not only guarantees the economy, but also gives the site different landscape.
▲钻云樟成为场地的背景和亮点，the camphor forest has become a background and highlight of the site ©棕榈设计
草原花境 | Grassland Flower Border
Nearly a hundred kinds of ornamental herbs and gravel pavement create a wild and interesting plant collocation atmosphere, where visitors can experience their growth from different angles, and enjoy the changes with time.
▲草原花境，grassland flower border ©棕榈设计
生态草沟 | Ecological grass ditch
We used a large number of aquatic and wet plants to create wild and interesting ecological grass planting ditches, instead of traditional ditch drainage system. Rainwater was pre-treated and transported to slow down the flow rate of runoff, remove pollutants in the runoff, and lower drainage pressure and pollution.
▲生态植草沟代替传统的沟渠排水系统，the traditional ditch drainage system was replaced by ecological grass planting ditches ©棕榈设计
“Lack of Nature” is very common in the city nowadays. Designers who know the significance of nature profoundly designed the plant landscape for this project to make up for that. Here, we can search for the traces of nature, fully enjoy the beauty of ecology, and return to the origin of ecology.
Project: Singapore-Nanjing Eco Hi-Tech Island Waterfront Scenic Belt (Southern Section of the Jiangjiang River)
Location: Jiangxinzhou, Nanjing
Client: Sino-Singapore Nanjing Eco High-Tech Island Development Co., Ltd.
Landscape Design: Palm Design Co., Ltd.
Landscape Construction: Palm Eco-Town Development Co., Ltd.
Area: 370,000 m2
Design Year: 2017
Completion Year: 2020
Acknowledgement: Xiaokun Yu, Kunliang Liu