A park for ecological research and education
The National Ecological Institute, Korea is intended to do comprehensive study of the converging eco-systems of nature, human and climate to ensure safety, stability and the harmonious coexistence of competing agendas. The NEI will play a important role as a think tank for research and policy making. Additionally, this institution will foster and nurture the general public’s awareness, educate and the importance of the environment through exhibitions and education programs.
The project site sits on an ideal location to promote public awareness in the famous bird watching region of Seochon, Chung-nam province, Korea; an important rest area for migrating birds. The overall project theme set forth by the NEI is ‘Circulation and Symbiosis’ - a place for the convergence of humans and nature, where visitors and the Institute become One, a place of balance.
The project describes specific zones of different immersive experiences; general admission public zone, ecological conservation and education zone and highly secured ecological specialists / research zone.
The challenge for the project team was to connect these areas with a clearly defined circulation system and carefully located 'markers' to support the programs.