Büro Ole Scheeren’s new Sanya Horizons resort offers itself as a tropical oasis on the coast | News

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One of South China’s most coveted vacation destinations is about to get a spur thanks to a new design from Büro Ole Scheeren.

Billed as an enhancement of the natural surroundings on Hainan Island, Sanya Horizons will stand 160 meters (525 feet) above the resort-dotted tropical coastline to offer itself as what the firm says is a “unique ecological leisure destination” on a massive 83,500-square-meter (898,786-square-foot) beachfront plot. 

Image © Büro Ole Scheeren

The project will combine two hotels — the Regent Sanya Bay and Hotel Indigo Sanya Bay — into one development, with each arranged in a stack that frees up much of the space surrounding the structure for an even more enhancing program of natural gardens and swimming areas. The combination of the massing also creates a unique and memorable curvilinear form that is both more structurally and ecologically efficient. Scheeren described the cumulative effect as “the merging of architecture and nature into a space of synergetic habitat.”

Image © Büro Ole Scheeren

The building’s facade is beset by several large voids which help decrease wind loads on the structure. Cross-ventilation is then achieved via the placement of single-loaded rooms that reduce the need for energy-draining cooling systems and are made even more efficient by a grid of shade-providing balconies and walkways. A sky terrace and deck will combine with a large cantilevered infinity pool amenity to help further entice visitors and tourists.

Image © Büro Ole Scheeren

Seeking to imitate the undulating landscape and breaking waves beyond, the development is completed by adjacent gardens leading to the beach and featuring a diverse array of different plants, pavilions, and experiential space that aims to offer guests a plush naturalistic escape.

A construction start date has not been decided at this time. Büro Ole Scheeren says it hopes for a completion date sometime in 2026.


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