Located in the Yangtze River Delta in the Chinese province of Jiangsu, Qinhu Wetland National Park is a 30-hectare wetland area that is being restored to its natural state according to ecological criteria. TRIAD Berlin developed an experience-oriented visitor center that particularly aims at stimulating the younger generation’s understanding and appreciation of sustainability.
On three levels and a total floor space of 4,500 square meters, the visitor center visualizes the biological and ecological characteristics of wetland areas. The dramaturgy of the exhibition moves from small aspects to the big picture – i.e. from the animals and plants of the Qinhu region to global ecological issues. As visitors discover the exhibition, they are symbolically accompanied by a magpie – a symbol of happiness in China and at the same time the heraldic animal of Qinhu.
China has come to realize that environmental pollution due to rapid urban and industrial growth constitutes a major problem. The visitor experience center of Qinhu Wetland National Park shows new directions in communicating the idea of sustainability as a topic relevant to the future of China and, thus, significantly contributes to a change of thinking in society.