The Li’an Eco-Resort is a significant component of the Egret Ecological Island Zone on the Island of Sanya at the southern end of China. The beautiful site is surrounded by mountains, forests, natural hot springs, an inland lake, and 4,000 linear feet (1,200 meters) of beach front property. The project brief called for the creation of a low carbon development that aligned with the government’s goals of minimizing impact on the land and maintaining the natural wildlife, while creating a model of sustainability as well as a place capable of attracting and engaging the leading minds of China. The program includes vacation and service apartments at 2,500,000 sf, 80 “Winter Entrepreneur” corporate villas at 10,000 sf each (800,000 sf total), and a 5-star 200 room hotel “State Guesthouse” with a spa, a presidential villa, 50 resort villas, and 24 artist’s studios.
Design Principals: Christopher Groesbeck and Nan Zhou / Architect-of-Record: VOA/Stantec