Hong Kong – Located at the southernmost tip of mainland China and being surrounded by sea, Zhanjiang is known for its unique harbour culture. In response to its growing attraction as a tourist destination, Zhanjiang Yunhai No. 1 is designed as an all-weather tourism and leisure resort, whose 266 metres tower will become the tallest building in the area.
The project is perched in the intersection of the three major urban areas, and closely connected to the city centre via the Zhanjiang Bay Bridge across the waterways. Overlooking the sea promenade of Jinsha Bay and the urban park nearby, it is an important city portal.
Through volume shifting, the podium is designed in a streamlined wave shape, to mirror the temperament of the coastal city.
The project integrates its five-star hotels, apartments, retail streets, and vibrant leisure squares by linking a series of key nodes with extensive public space. The design is informed by Zhanjiang’s southeast monsoon climate and the daylight conditions to arrive at a parallel layout. The high-rise hotel and serviced apartments stand in the southwest of the rectangular site while three residential towers and one serviced apartment are situated in the north, where they face a peerless sea view.
“We wish to obscure boundaries in the project, where the distinction between indoor and outdoor, business and art, are blurred. The vision is to create a space where all these elements could coexist to generate interesting experiences,” said Dr. Andy Wen, Aedas Global Design Principal and Yi Jun Qian, Aedas Executive Director.