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Long Beach Rain Forest Resort & Residences

Hainan, China
Project Info Credits

The design of the Hainan Island resort community is inspired by the beach towns of Palm Beach, Forida and Santa Barbara, California. The arrival sequence along Ocean Avenue reinforces the concept of an island beach town by providing the main entry with an extended view of the ocean. The goal was to make the ocean as present as possible, whether driving into the resort for the first time or for residents walking through the community to the clubhouse, swimming pools or beach.

The master plan brings many of the resort amenities together at the heart of the community. This concentration of amenities is important to activate the beach town. The street grid of the overall master plan reinforces this concept by encouraging pedestrian circulation along Ocean Avenue. The arrangement of the project’s six 18-story towers provide all tower units and boutique hotel with an ocean view.

The long arc of the crescent form minimizes privacy problems between units, maximizes sunlight at the swimming pool and amenity areas, and creates a dramatic architectural gesture from the ocean side. Five and six-story mid-rise buildings flank both sides of Ocean Avenue making for a lively mixed-use community.

The Villas are the project’s largest homes and designed around internal courtyards to maximize privacy. The architecture of the community is in the Spanish Revival style, appropriate to Hainan Island’s ocean-side climate. The interior design reinforces the architectural style of the exterior with natural finishes that convey a casual and elegant resort feel.