Located at the southern end of Hainan Island in Sanya, China, this “resort in the sky” comprises two place-making elements: a lighthouse for the hotel and serviced apartment tower, and a reconciliatory rock for the forum convention center.
The development‘s planning offers a rational yet distinctive architectural solution mitigating the property’s main site challenge: its considerable distance from Haitang Bay. Aligned axially with Wuzhizhou Island, the 46-story hotel and serviced apartment tower rises as a landmark whose glowing beacon is visible from any direction. The 465 serviced apartments are located in the tower; its crown features a multilevel club for residents and culminates in the iconic “lighthouse beacon.” The hotel is designed for intimacy and exclusivity, offering 246 generously sized rooms—all with ocean views. The terraced massing provides the opportunity for private plunge pools and gardens, and floats above the ground floor’s amenity pavilions and courtyards on two-story pilotis. The building’s section, vertical organization and openness at the ground floor complement a choreographed arrival sequence and axial planning to provide an experiential immediacy to the resort’s connection to the landscape.
The forum represents the calming rock of consensus for political and economic summits, meetings and special events. Integrated with the surrounding landscape, it emerges as a distinctive architectural presence whose gravitas and faceted form counter the sinuous lines of the tower. The forum invites public exploration through its multiple levels, viewing platforms and gathering spaces, culminating in an outdoor terrace and private rooftop garden facing Haitang Bay.
The project is designed to LEED standards with a focus on holistic sustainable strategies which reduce the impact of the project on its environment while enhancing the well-being of its inhabitants and surrounding context.
Locally sourced materials were used for the high performing facades, which were custom designed to reduce energy use and maintain internal comfort. A special focus was given to daylight and views, ensuring that all commonly occupied spaces prioritized their relationship to the exterior. Operable windows were included throughout all guest rooms in order to increase user comfort and provide guests with maximum controllability of their environment.
Native plant species were used throughout the landscaping to both celebrate the local climate as well as reduce the requirements for intense upkeep and water consumption. In order to maximize the public open space, all vehicular parking facilities were also constructed underground in order to maximize the open space on the site. Additionally, extensive underground bicycle facilities were included to promote alternative transportation. Public bus transportation is provided directly to the project with an additional employee shuttle designed with preferential access to the employee entry.