Renowned global architects Benoy has announced work on CITS Sanya Tourism Scheme in Hainan
Benoy’s appointment to the new China International Travel Service (CITS) Sanya Eyot scheme sees the company’s first mixed-use commission on the Chinese island of Hainan. Located in the new resort area of Haitang Bay in Sanya, Benoy is the masterplanner and architect for the development.
The scheme will introduce a 32,000 sq-m mixed-use, retail-led destination which will be differentiated from the traditional retail projects currently in Haitang Bay. Benoy's masterplan has prescribed strategies for celebrating the island landscape, placemaking and multi-layered environments, to establish a point of difference for this high-profile future scheme. The design will feature a combination of indoor and outdoor spaces which will host a multitude of activities including art, water shows, cultural performances, recreational attractions, wellness programmes, children's zones and possibly a wedding chapel.
Taking inspiration from Sanya's local fauna, the Egretta Garzetta formed the concept behind the architecture of the development; the sweeping architectural lines mimic the graceful movement of the birds. The architecture also prioritises human-scale within the development with a number of small-scale blocks and pavilions designed along the waterfront edge. The collection of forms and differing façade treatments complement the faceted landscape and will add interest and variety to the visitor experience.
"Benoy is incredibly excited to be working with CITS on its future addition for Haitang Bay and crafting a vision for what this development can offer. Through our design, we have aimed to embody the coastal landscape and develop a concept not yet seen before in this area," says Benoy director Chao Wu.
The CITS Sanya Eyot scheme will commence construction in early 2016 and is due for completion at the end of 2018.