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Sanya Block 5 / NL Architects

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Courtesy of NL Architects

As part of a resort development, the first prize proposal for Sanya Block 5 by NL Architects consists of 8 blocks of 6 stories on top of a ground floor with restaurants, bars and retail. Located in the Hainan Province and the southernmost city in China, Sanya is well known for its tropical climate and popular tourist destination. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The blocks are placed on a public deck, a new ground level that covers the basement with parking spaces and service. Each block is build up from 15 individual units. Four hotels will be build that consist of two mirrored blocks each. One block is facing the street life and the other has a view over the surrounding landscape.

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Courtesy of NL Architects

The two units are connected by an intricate 3D ‘maze’. From the elevator core a refined network branches out, replacing an obligatory gallery. This spectacular ‘infrastructure’ forms a super-sized sculpture that ‘stitches’ the blocks together. The hotel rooms have a unique organization. The units are organized over two levels. This creates exceptional potential: a double height space can now be introduced, providing a spacious ambiance.

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The double height of the duplex room is extended to the outside: a wonderful balcony comes into being, intimate but spacious. The balcony serves as an out-door living room. We image there will be an open-air kitchen. And a hot-tub with shower that will be placed flush with the terrace.

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Courtesy of NL Architects

The hotels feature a large triangular ‘flowerpot’ for each room. Together they create a rhythmic, dynamic pattern. The lush greenery aspires to increase privacy, provide shade and cooling and will create a natural atmosphere. Perhaps even a micro ecology. Architects: NL Architects Location: Sanya, China Team: Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse, Gen Yamamoto, Bobby de Graaf; Zhongnan Lao, Pauline Rabjeau (2nd design phase), Yajing Huang, Ana Gavilanes, Antariksh Tandon (1st design phase) Client: Vanke Real Estate Development Co., Ltd. Hainan Project: Sanya – Block 5: International Recreational, Leisure and Health Resort Phase III, building Block 5 (5A, 5B, 5C, 5D) Status: Competition 2011 (1st prize)

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Cite:Alison Furuto. "Sanya Block 5 / NL Architects" 19 Feb 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/209188/sanya-block-5-nl-architects/>