Inspired by the vision of Adrian Cheng, Founder of the K11 Group, to build a Silicon Valley of Culture in which to incubate creative talents and propagate culture such as art, architecture, design and sustainability, K11 MUSEA is proud to present Nature Discovery Park – Hong Kong’s first urban biodiversity museum and sustainability-themed education park on the iconic Tsim Sha Tsui harbourfront.
K11 MUSEA is the final and most important piece of the 10-year regeneration of Victoria Dockside, and forms Hong Kong’s Silicon Valley of Culture. Conceived as A Muse by the Sea, K11 MUSEA gives the local community and new consumers a space to come together, be inspired by world-class offerings, and form a generation of changemakers to enrich everyday life through the power of creativity, culture and innovation.
In addition to K11 MUSEA’s green building certifications; including the Hong Kong BEAM Plus (Provisional Assessment – Gold level) and the U.S. LEED Gold Level Certification, Nature Discovery Park helps preserve the city’s rich biodiversity and calls for a more sustainable urban lifestyle by promoting farm-to-table and vertical farming and plastic reduction for marine health, as well as supporting local social enterprises and environmental conservation.
“Nature is our muse and a classroom where we can learn about the wonders of the local environment and more about ourselves. At Nature Discovery Park, we want to encourage you to get closer to nature and “reconnect with what matters”, explains Ellie Tang, General Manager – Sustainability at K11 Concepts Limited and Head of Sustainability at New World Development Company Limited.
The guided ‘Nature Discovery Tour’, organised in association with the Jane Goodall Institute Hong Kong, takes you on a journey to discover over 180 species found in K11 MUSEA’s interior greenery and outdoor landscapes and explore Hong Kong’s rich natural and cultural heritage. The tour, which ends at Nature Discovery Park, specifically includes content developed around the components of “earth”, “sea”, “sky” and “art” and activities that educate children and families on urban biodiversity and how to adopt eco-friendly everyday habits. The Park’s variety of flowering plants also serves to provide a natural urban habitat to an assortment of butterfly species. The tour ends with two nature-inspired works of art, ‘Giant Triple Mushrooms’ by Carsten Höller and Korakrit Arunanondchai’s ‘United Nations of Happiness after Homosapiens leave the Earth’, which provoke their viewers to think about the relationship between ongoing development and the integrity of the natural ecosystem.
The Nature Discovery Park workshops and events aim to promote the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) endorsed by the “New World Sustainability Vision 2030”, specifically SDG3 – Good health and wellbeing; 4 – Quality Education; 11 – Sustainable Cities and communities and 17 – Partnership for the goals. Workshops offered include an ‘Urban Farming Experience’ (available as a 1 or 3-month subscription), ‘Farm-to-Face’ beauty product making, mindful meditation, and a certificate course in German floral design. The Park will also organize capacity building activities and networking events with sustainability influencers, in order to drive positive social and environmental impacts and create shared value. For individuals and companies looking to host their own events, the Park’s venue is also available for private hire, including, luncheons, afternoon teas, cocktail receptions and dinners, as well as celebratory events, such as birthday parties and weddings.