Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Lumionous in Hainan Island, China by M CO Design
November 15th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: M CO Design
The central theme of this project is The Sea. The design explores new ways of using its power and attraction as a draw for people to come and experience it in a real and memorable way.
The primary goal of the design team is to create a new kind of resort layered with a rich assortment of districts and attractions. Taken together this will create a memorable experience on multiple levels for everyone within the resort. This approach will set this project apart from other resorts and create a new kind of destination in the crowded Sanya market.
Aside from being directly next to the ocean, the site offers another interesting connection to the sea due to its prior use – industrial scale shrimp farming. The large ponds used to hold the shrimp occupy nearly half of the land area and are currently excavated down to close to sea level. Large pipes installed under the beach were used to flood the ponds with water, literally bringing the sea into the site. Conceptually, this is what most seaside resorts also attempt to do – deliver the ocean experience to as many parts of the site as possible and allow people to be close to it, touch it and to feel it.
The existing beach as it is today is a display of how a beach appears without human intervention. The plant species present are naturally adapted to the annual climatic changes in temperature and precipitation and include a mixture of; Coniferous, Deciduous and Succulents. The landscape design will take this natural plant palette and curate, shape and enhance it for large portions of the open spaces within the site. This approach stands in direct contrast to the typical “tropical” landscape design of nearly all resort properties in Hainan where imported species dominate the plant selection. The end result of this approach is an artificial feeling landscape that is not sustainable or well adapted to the long dry season in Hainan. It also produces a “sameness” shared by the resorts in the region. In contrast, using native species the landscape will become a memorable and sustainable component of the property and will create a look and feel unlike any other resort.
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