Broadway Malyan recently secured a brief to provide a full range of design services for the delivery of a global headquarter, research and development, hospitality and visitor centrer in China. They will provide masterplanning, architectural and landscape design services for the project, from concept to detailed design and onsite delivery, with the center set to become a global center for hybrid rice research, a showcase for sustainable development and an international leisure destination in the Qixianling area of Hainan, China’s southernmost province. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Located in Baoting County, north of Sanya on Hainan Island, the ‘Shennong Valley Resort’ will sit in a stunning 35 acre site between the famous ‘Qixianling Seven Angels’ mountain ridge and the valley’s terraced rice fields. The design will maximise views of the ridge and the valleys below for visitors staying in new luxury private villas, large format club house villas and a luxurious five star resort hotel, operated by the Intercontinental Hotel Group and including conference and spa facilities. The scheme will also include a new museum of hybrid rice, showcasing new production technologies, global solutions and the story of rice cultivation in Asia, which in itself is the story of civilisation.
The practice’s client,Grand Agriseeds Technology, is a market leader in the super high-yielding hybrid rice seed production methods pioneered by Professor Yuan Longping, the ‘fatherof hybrid rice’. The center is the brainchild of Grand Agriseeds Technology’s chairman Mr. Huang Peijin. His vision is that the facility will play a strategic role in realizing the company’s ambition to be the world’s leading innovator in the field of high-yield hybrid rice and a leader in the crusade to alleviate future world food crises. It will also reflect the company’s commitment to sustainable development, local habitat and integration of innovative green technology.