John McAslan & Partners to design a botanical gardens and research centre China
John McAslan & Partners has been commissioned to design a botanical gardens and research centre in the Chinese city of Dongguan.
The design features a gridshell roof connecting with a mounded base which managing director Tony Skipper said was a “natural progression” from the practice’s concourse at London’s King’s Cross station.
A variety of tropical habitats will be disaplayed beneath ethylene tetrafluoroethylene roof panels, based on a two-metre grid.
“The botanical gardens will provide a constantly changing scenery of habitats, sub-tropical rare plants, ravines, water and sky,” said Skipper.
The scheme, for developer Vanke, was based on “a contemporary interpretation of the essential characteristics of a tropical plant leaf structure”, he added.