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HASSELL: 南京直立人大遗址博物馆公园是全世界最具吸引力的考古发掘地之一,也是中国一处新的遗址博物馆所在地。HASSELL在国际景观设计竞赛中脱颖而出,为南京汤山建设投资发展有限公司继续设计了博物馆的入口广场及周围的公园场地,与周边环境建立起联系。设计满足了旅游公园的商业目标,同时维护基地的国际意义。

HASSELL: The Tangshan Homo Erectus Relics Park is the site of one of the world’s most fascinating archaeological discoveries and home to China’s new Nanjing Tangshan Geopark Museum. HASSELL designed the museum’s gateway plaza and surrounding parkland connections for the Nanjing Tangshan Construction Investment and Development Company, following an international landscape design competition. The design caters for the tourist park’s commercial objectives, while respecting the site’s international significance.


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广阔公园内的几大世界级景点包括葫芦洞以及一座古代采石场。1993年,葫芦洞内发现了可追溯至16~60万年前的直立猿人化石。采石场则展现了古生代的地质构成。地质公园的全新公共建设将博物馆(由Studio Odile Decq建筑事务所设计)与15公顷的开放空间上分布的各类景点串联起来,形成一个具有启发性的全新旅游胜地。

Unifying a place of international significance

The major attractions within the wider park include the Hulu Caves, where homo erectus fossils dating back 0.16-0.60 million years were discovered in 1993, and an ancient quarry exhibiting geological formations of the Paleozoic era. The geopark’s generous new public realm unifies the museum (by architect Studio Odile Decq) with the various attractions spread across its 15-hectares of open space to create an enlightening new tourist destination.


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Revealing the character of the past for future enjoyment

Based on detailed research, the HASSELL design celebrates the plaza’s gateway status, the museum’s architectural form, and the geopark’s many extraordinary features. It offers visitors an exploratory journey through the site that reveals its history and formation along the way. The overall look of the plaza echoes the site’s contour lines, which shift like geological activity. It optimises the existing topography to establish clear and seamless patterns of movement between all functions, integrating with the surrounding transport infrastructure and regional parkland.


©Johnson Lin
©Johnson Lin



The arrival plaza and memory tower provide a gathering point, marking the start of each journey. From this space, visitors can take their own expedition to the museum, weaving through the feature gardens and along the climbing pathways that are embedded with carvings depicting the evolution of prehistoric life. The feature gardens are inspired by the environmental characteristics of each period of the Paleozoic era. From the rocky, microbial soil crust of the Cambrian landscape, through to the Silurian wetlands and Carboniferous swamp forest, the selection and detailing of counterpart plants and elements gives the ‘prehistoric’ gardens an essence of that time and place.


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©Johnson Lin




A plan for sustainable tourism

The parkland design regenerates native vegetation and creates micro-ecosystems that will foster the local habitat. In the wider area, it introduces a cleansing, bio-retention waterway that will treat site run-off to support the health of natural environment and the sustainable operation of the park. The museum plaza, the first phase of the major landscape works, is now complete. Construction of the wider parkland will be completed at a later stage.


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©Johnson Lin
©Johnson Lin
©Johnson Lin


建筑设计:Studio Odile Decq

2016澳大利亚景观设计师协会国家级奖项 – 卓越国际项目奖

Project: Nanjing Tangshan Geopark Museum

Location: Tangshan, China
Client: Nanjing Tangshan Construction Investment and Development Company
Scale: 15 ha
Year: 2014
Landscape Architect: HASSELL
Landscape Design Institute: Shanghai Julong Green Land Development Co. Ltd
Architect: Studio Odile Decq
Photography: Johnson Lin

2016 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects National Awards – Award of Excellence for International
2014 Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects – Silver Award – Landscape Conceptual Design


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