LAVA’s new project on Hainan Island, China, is a breath of fresh air, transcending the norms of architecture and design. Hainan Ocean Flower Resort, due for completion in 2020, will be the iconic hotel located on the tip of a new, man-made petal-shaped island linked by a bridge to the island of Hainan.
The island will house a mix of commercial, retail, leisure and convention facilities, offices and luxury residential, in cascading building forms. Leisure facilities will include a marine world with a water park, museums, themed streets such as Food Street, and Tea and Bar Street, a film art centre, gardens, an ice-skating rink, an opera house and much more, including the world’s largest conference centre. Inspired by nature and the delicacy of a water drop, the island will be zoned a theme – the seasons, named: ‘winter wonderland’, ‘amber autumn’, spring ‘field’.
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Liquefied geometry links LAVA’s hotel form to the surrounding water, integrating spaces above and below the water line including an elevated green space. A cavernous central glass atrium brings natural light and air into the hotel areas. A sky garden, infinity edge pool and rooftop restaurant are amongst the hotel features. The smooth flowing semi-symmetrical geometry of natural ripples informs the hotel marina shape that seamlessly connects to the hotel base to create an exclusive water experience on each side of the hotel tower. The futuristic project will also have sustainable features including a bio filtration system, solar energy, wind generation and water collection.
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