China plans new Yangtze River nature preserve

American-based firm Ennead Architects is set to design the Shanghai Yangtze River Estuary Nature Preserve in Shanghai.


NSFW    SHANGHAI — Shanghai is set for a new nature preserve that will be used to conserve the natural ecology of the Yangtze River, according to Inhabitat.

The preserve will consist of an aquarium and a research facility. The building will be 427,000 square-feet and will sit at the mouth of the Yangtze River, according to information from the project website.

This is to boost public engagement and raise awareness of the importance of ecological conservation of the river, according to Ennead architects.

The preserve will use Translucent PTFE panels and other sustainable technology methods such as geothermal heating and cooling loops.

Visitors will be able to view the local flora and the aquarium while inside the building, according to the architects.

Suspended walkways will also be incorporated into the building, allowing tourists to get a closeup view of shoreline ecosystems that are usually found under the sea.

The project is expected to be completed by 2021.
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