More than 50 million birds take flight from the Antarctic along the East Asian-Australian Flyway (EAAF) every year. With the EAAF route progressively ‘urbanizing’ a little bit more each year, populations of endangered water-birds that use the route are also beginning to diminish.
Now, the architects McGregor Coxall are designing the world’s first ‘Bird Airport’ on a landfill site in Lingang, China, creating a wet-land bird sanctuary. Their Bird Airport proposal will include 60 hectares of wetland-park, where birds can take sanctuary to feed and breed along the way.
Their design employs several sustainability elements with renewable energy used in the overall irrigation of the wet-lands and rainwater is harvested on a regular basis throughout the year.
Additional benefits for the city of Tianjin will be an increase in picturesque park space allowing its inhabitants opportunities for walking and cycling along 7 kilometres of recreational urban forest trails. Construction is set to begin towards the end of 2017 with completion of the project in 2018. It is set to be a truly outstanding site of natural beauty!