The programme of the project is developed through the current state of the site. The site is located in a man-made "natural scenery" which contains an artificial beach with sands transported from other places and a protected water area with sea water sedimented for tourist activities. The interaction between nature and man-made is inherited in the site and is shown through the evolution of coastal industries, changes of coastlines and man-made nature in current state. The project aims to explore how people and nature can coexist with no clear boundary in between.
The project is an ecology research centre which also hosts public exhibitions to encourage people to understande and reconsider their relationship with nature. The research is about the ecological system in the surrounding area including water quality, different species of wildlives and plants and how human can interact with them. The exhibition contains a series of experience with different natural elements and glances of research processes. The architecture becomes a collector of natural elements and a device for people to view the nature.
The form of the building is inherited from the wave defences on site which were transformed into four towers with different themes of interactions with nature. The special form allows the division of private and public functions. The arms at the side of the towers also allow for future extension of the project for more research projects. The weathering and changing condition of the building through time is another important aspect as the interactions between nature and man-made objects.