Sanya Resort - Phase 1

  • Location

    Sanya Island, Hainan Province, China

  • Client

    Private Client

  • Team

    Rutherford Harvey Architecture / 2Define

  • Size

    80,200m² (863,265ft²)
    850 holiday apartments, retail pavilions
    and resort recreation areas

Sanya Island is a tropical paradise, comparable to Hawaii, Tahiti and any other world class resort island. Known for its clear air, year round pleasant climate, white sand beaches and tropical rainforest, Sanya Island is an international holiday destination.  Sanya Island Resort – Phase 1 comprises the initial phase an ambitious resort development designed to accommodate the vast number of holiday-makers arriving each year from mainland China and other parts of the world.

Phase 1 of the development occupies a narrow thread of land along the coastline with uninterrupted views towards the South China Sea, which naturally informed the major brief requirement of ocean views for all apartments.   Following various typology studies the design concentrates on establishing a long, low, sinuous building to accommodate all 850 units, each with views towards the ocean, generous balconies for indoor / outdoor living and affectionately named The Sleeping Dragon.

The Sleeping Dragon stretches along the waterfront as a new landscape edge to the ocean with the undulating form mimicking the hill behind, creating a distinctive landmark and uniquely open building that utilises and encourages natural ventilation as the basis for its environmental performance.

The apartments are a modular system of “scales”, with duplex modules cresting the upper and lower edges to add value to the overall apartment mix and emphasise the sinuous form.  These modules are designed to take advantage of pre-fabrication techniques to ensure repeated quality and speed of construction.

Framed openings create gathering spaces and ground floor porosity allowing the landscape to flow through the building, connecting the lush garden entry spaces with the luxurious resort swimming pools areas, retail pavilions, waterfront promenade and beach beyond.