I Geographical Location
Butterfly Bay Garden, situated by the Suzhou Creek in Jing’an District, stretches to Hengfeng Road Bridge in the east, East Kangding Road in the south, and Taixing Road in the west, and it covers an area of about 16,000 square meters. Since the W-shaped outline of the garden resembles a butterfly spreading its wings, it was named Butterfly Bay Garden. The various plants, feature walls, trusses, gallery frames, waterfalls and hydrophilic platforms in the garden constitute the transmutation between dynamic and static and between light and shadow, and the virtual-real contrast, making the garden a landmark scenic spot along the Suzhou Creek. Butterfly Bay Garden, built in May 2008, stands not only as a model of combining green landscape and civic buildings, but also a new waterfront landscape with artistic beauty of our times.
II Design Highlights
In order to increase the afforested areas, facilities like lifting steel frames and joist barrows are innovatively deployed on the lifting platform of the city drainage pumping station which lays beneath Butterfly Bay Garden along with rainwater storage tanks. The old lifting platform and manholes were transformed into waterways, green belts and wooden gallery roads. The cascading water landscape echoes with the quietly running Suzhou Creek outside the park, which also softens the stiffness of large-scale framework and makes the park more vibrant and lively. The exposed steel-frame structures of joist barrows are made to look like sculptures by wrapping with white GRC, which mingles functions with art to attach an extra minimalist and fashion beauty. The former buildings and structures, such as exhaust chimneys and pump houses, are also transformed in the same way, making the whole design more integrated and harmonious.
On the southwestern side of the park is a modern waterscape square. A dropping water pond with a small stone forest and arrayed water wall are located at the front and the western square, respectively. The waterscape and the circulation of the dropping water body cleanse the air in the surrounding area by producing a mass of anions. On the round pond is the wooden platform for relaxation which heads north to form two sections of arch-shaped retaining walls. Such retaining walls are faced with artistically-processed red bricks in order to create two exquisite feature walls faced with red bricks and tactfully conceal the public facilities. Brick-red water walls and white GRC-trussed walls, against the green background, make Butterfly Bay Garden even more colorful.
Flood control walls of Butterfly Bay Garden along the Suzhou Creek are designed into two layers. The lower 4.2m-high primary flood control wall is a sunken hydrophilic platform which is carpeted with aquatic plants and hydrophilous plants around like water irises, dawn redwoods and willows with golden-like branches. It is usually open to the public, but would be closed when flooded in flood seasons. The higher 5.7m-high secondary flood control wall is of permanent type, three meters behind which is a hydrophilic landscape platform. Bamboo forest, towering white magnolia, Washingtonia filifera, beech and maidenhair trees scatter around the secondary platform and gallery frames. Such plants and designs with varied heights diversify the waterfront scenery and rich the vertical landscape in the park.
Butterfly Bay Garden is abundant in the gradation and variety of plants. Palm plants like canary date and Washingtonia filifera at the entrance square and roadsides along the Suzhou Creek create a waterfront landscape which can only be seen in the southern part of the country. In order to diversify the riverside landscape, aquatic plants and water tolerant plants like water irises, dawn redwoods and willows with golden-like branches are also grown. In addition, there are white magnolia, maidenhair trees, beech, red maple, vertical silk Begonia and Chinese wistaria in the garden. All of this fully demonstrates the pleasing sceneries and colors of the garden in spring and autumn by the Suzhou Creek.
In spite of paying attention to the landscape, Butterfly Bay Garden also focuses on the functions as a park to cater for the needs of nearby residents. Therefore, two half basketball courts are built in the eastern part of the park. Red synthetic racetracks are also laid down to provide a comfortable space for jogging. Butterfly Bay Garden, by introducing culture, art, sports and leisure activities, significantly improved the green land comprehensive efficiency, enhanced the green land space utilization and ultimately achieved its excellence in both the ecology of green land and functions as a park.