LAVA’s design for a new 7 star ‘water drop’ hotel was based on the simple, natural geometry of a water drop.
Water + Architecture – rocks formations created by water erosion, sea caverns, ripples – was the design inspiration.
It’s located on a new man-made petal shaped island, linked by a bridge to the island of Hainan. It will house a mix of commercial, retail, leisure [from opera to ice skating] and convention facilities, offices and luxury residential, in cascading building forms. The island is zoned by seasons: ‘winter wonderland’, ‘amber autumn’.
Liquefied geometry linked the hotel form to the surrounding water, integrating spaces above and below the water line including an elevated green space. The smooth flowing semi symmetrical geometry of natural ripples informed the hotel marina that seamlessly connects to the hotel base to create an exclusive water experience on each side of the hotel tower. A central glass atrium brings natural light and air into the hotel areas.
Sustainable features include a bio filtration system, solar energy, wind generation and water collection.