Discover why our wood is petrified
A quiet corner of Tsuen Wan will open in 2023 to become home to Hong Kong’s first museum grade fossil garden, an urban parkland designed to connect the city with its geological roots. Nature meets technology in this showcase of wood fossils, one of the largest collections in Asia. These remarkable collection, millions of years old, will be brought to life in an immersive, walk through, edutainment garden; a fascinating destination for curious minds of all ages.
Gathered over many years by Chinachem Group Chairwoman, the late Nina Wang, this collection of petrified Indonesian trees dated from the Pliocene Epoch, a time of major global tectonic activity 2.6 to 5.3 million years ago.
This remarkable collection, innovatively presented, will take visitors on an exciting ‘edutainment’ journey through time.
Exploring beyond your imagination
Time TotemBringing out the theme of time for Nina Park and providing visitors with clear orientation, a tripod structure over seven metres tall has been built at the intersection of different walking routes to serve as a focal point in the park. Various time-related elements are built into the totem. These elements are designed to inspire visitors, hoping they will "Learn from the past, seize the present and plan for the future".
Smart BenchTo give visitors better, more comfortable and convenient experiences, many pieces of garden furniture and other installations have been turned "smart". The seating has been integrated with multiple functions. These "smart benches' inform people of the daily programmes, real-time weather from HK Observatory and detect the surrounding micro-climate. A solar panel has been installed to allow visitors to recharge their mobile phones. At the other end, one bench has been turned into a planter for mosquito-repelling herbs.
Innovation meets the most ancient of relics
“Learn from the past. Seize the moment. And plan for the future.” This is the inspiration behind Dr LK Chan’s designs for the Nina Park, Hong Kong’s only wood fossil edutainment destination. Chinachem Group’s brief to the architect has been an opportunity for Dr Chan to deploy leading edge technology in the presentation of these stones, some of the oldest artefacts to be displayed publicly in the city.