HK International Wetland Park

Client
Agriculture and Fisheries & Conservation Department (AFCD) of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR

Status
2006

Scope
Exhibition interpretation | Wayfinding & Signage | Graphic Design


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About

The International Wetland Park sits between the sensitive wetlands of Mai Po and the new town of Tin Shui Wai in the Northwest New Territories of Hong Kong. It is a major tourist attraction and local educational resource, aiming to raise awareness of, and helping to preserve, one of the most important and threatened habitats on earth.

The visitor centre is set within a grass landscape as part of a 145-acre attraction. The park was designed to inspire and challenge visitors to appreciate the many benefits of wetland areas. Each exhibition space and outside trail told unique stories about bird migration, Hong Kong species, human reliance and the human impact on wetlands. They even included a peat swamp aquarium containing mixed natural and artificial landscaping, models, hundreds of different fish, live snakes and insects, and four False Gharial crocodilians.

Our work included site-wide wayfinding, exhibition and interpretation graphics across the whole park and in five large exhibition halls in the visitor centre.

The aesthetic approach celebrated fusion – combining cultures (traditional and international), environments (wetland and city), languages (all graphics are bilingual) and subjects (wildlife and people). Bright colours and friendly illustrations brought to life the science and the stories behind the wetlands. All the wayfinding and exhibition pieces were fabricated with robustness in mind, using materials that are built to last and that can cope with the large visitor numbers experienced and extreme weather conditions (specifically high humidity, known to corrode and rust, and strong UV from the sun known to fade many printing processes).

The work was completed in collaboration with a large team including Met Studio, the client team, the Architectural Services Department (ArchSD), Urbis landscape Architects, WWT Consulting, DHA lighting and a host of other technical consultants, including specialist contractors, Beck.

Site website: www.wetlandpark.gov.hk/en/index.asp

Awards for the International Wetland Park:
Top Honour Award, Excellence on the Waterfront Awards 2007
Winner International Award, Museum and Heritage Awards for Excellence 2007
Winner 
The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Global Award for Excellence 2007