The Northern China Ecology Museum is a 15-minute drive North from the Pingyao Historical Town, within the Tianlu Lake Cultural Precinct. The Museum is operated and managed by the China Felid Conservation Alliance (CFCA) a non-for-profit organisation focused on conservancy efforts in China with relation to the research and protection of Felidae species. As a non-government affiliated organisation, CFCA was very interested in exploring nature and ecological educational possibilities different and complementary to the typical state operated ones in China.
▼概念图，Concept © 青亭建筑
▼基地总图，Masterplan © 青亭建筑
▼博物馆轴测，Museum axon © 青亭建筑
Exhibition elevations © 青亭建筑
The Museum aims to provide a new kind of ecological educational experience. By creating an engaging ecological wonderland, the museum seeks to create an immersive, engaging, and enjoyable experience that cultivates in visitors a greater interest and understanding of the Northern Chinese Ecological System and a deeper appreciation of the delicate coexistence of Humankind and Nature.
The Museum space is designed such that the primary display medium of Ecological Diorama models constitutes the experiential space enveloping the audience. The existing architectural space fades into the background, whilst the Ecological Diorama models and exhibits become the focus. A “ravine” pathway is carved out in between the models along which, the stories of the three primary ecological systems of Northern China are narrated: The Mountainous Region, The Wetlands, and The Farmlands, inserted in between are a Nocturnal Wildlife area, and a concluding Urban Ecosystems area.
The walls rise and fall with the terrain of the mountains, the space compresses with the density of the forest, and become expansive as one arrives at the wetlands and farmland areas. Each Ecological Diorama model is filled with the typical constituent members of the particular ecological zone, from the modelled soil type, to the moss and fungi details, to the models of insect species, mammals, and trees, an infinite amount of detail is incorporated into a limited space. Alongside the model and print display information are interactive media devices, as well as concealed acoustic and aroma dispensing devices that mimic the sounds and smells of the forest. Each visitor is thus able to discover his or her own little patch of forest within this immersive diorama world. A previously banal space is transformed into a “Second Nature”.
Mountain Land + Nocturnal Ecosystem © 青亭建筑
Wetland + Ecological Cylinder © 青亭建筑
Farmland + Urban Ecosystem © 青亭建筑
Ecological model axon © 青亭建筑
model sections © 青亭建筑
The Northern China Ecology Museum aims to pioneer a different kind of nature and ecological education facility in China, these are not necessarily top-heavy state institutions that have substantial financial and political power, nor are they official research body think tanks. However, these new organisations are highly flexible and adaptable, they have substantial expertise and knowledge of local conditions, and are able to curate and create engaging ecological education experiences specific and relevant to the local context. By being able to embed themselves much more intimately and informally into the daily lives of the wider public, conservancy and educational bodies such as CFCA and the Northern China Ecology Museum are able to play a complementary role to that of official bodies, and together, work towards the possibility of a brighter future for human habitation.
Entrance to the exhibition hall © 青亭建筑
Exhibition Area：Mountain Ecosystem © 青亭建筑
Exhibition Area：Wetland Ecosystem © 青亭建筑
▼首层空间策略，Ground floor layout © 青亭建筑
▼首层平面，Ground floor plan © 青亭建筑
▼二层博物馆平面，Plan 2F © 青亭建筑
▼空间剖面，sections © 青亭建筑
项目设计 & 完成年份：”设计：2020年5月-2020年12月