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Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong

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The Wan Chai Promenade incorporates a children-friendly green space along the Wan Chai waterfront for appreciating the Victoria Harbour. The promenade, with a total length of about 560m2, connects the harbourfront of Central and Wan Chai. It completes a crucial link of the Victoria Harbour promenade stretching a total length of 5.5 kilometres, which is by far the longest promenade in Hong Kong.

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The promenade of 7 800m2 is largely a lawn for strolling and leisure activities. The project also provides different forms of sitting-out area and topography landscaping, allowing visitors to sit back and relax while enjoying the panoramic view of the Victoria Harbour. The activity space at the end near Tamar Park is designed with a “FunScape” theme.

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The “FunScape” explores an unconventional approach cultivating a free space for improvised games or group activities by way of horticulture design and undulating grass berms with colourful pipes tunneling through the berms. This setting not only offers children a unique play experience, but it also aims at encouraging children to use their imagination to create their own play space and enjoy a creative journey at the harbourfront.

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This experimental approach aims to bring new ideas for more and more innovative children’s play experiences along the waterfront in the future. Tree planting was maximized within the site, with more than 180 trees planted, to optimize the natural shading for visitors within the site. Trees and shrubs with seasonal flowers were selected to provide a different pallet throughout the year.

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To maintain and enrich the local biodiversity, wildlife-friendly plan species were included to provide food and shelter as well as to create a favourable habitat in the urban context. A number of sustainable elements have also been added to the promenade, including a wind and solar powered lighting system along the footpaths..

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