The new Haitang Bay Resorts Hotel development is the first of its kind to be developed on Haitang Bay in Sanya, Hainan province. The design seeks to merge nature with built work, immersing the visitor within the sought-after coastal landscape by means of architecture and planning.
The project’s layout builds upon the proportions of the nautilus, often considered a symbol for the beauty of nature – a spiral that extends radially from a source centre point. In following, the hotel and its territory are organised among six guestroom pods planned as rings of units around a central atria. Vertical and horizontal green elements in the atria serve as a series of communal and private guest-room gardens. Outer irrigation rings coil around the green pods to provide water to the vertical gardens. These rings are illuminated at night, providing a special visual experience for guests.
The architecture of Haitang Bay Resorts Hotel is an ‘eco-centric’ project and responsive to the environment: the green pods housing the guestrooms are elliptical in plan and are clad with porous louvres to facilitate cross-ventilation and capitalise on sea views; solar panels on the roofs provide geo-thermal energy; and a sea-water heat pump cooling system is employed to efficiently manage natural resources.