Zaha Hadid Architects’ Plans Sanya Cultural District with Cascading Rooftops

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Zaha Hadid Architects has proposed a new cultural district in Sanya City, located at the southern tip of Hainan Island in China. The district aims to redefine the city’s identity and position it as a gateway to the waters of Sanya Bay and the South China Sea. The design features a central axis that connects the harborside district with the existing urban fabric, dividing the area into two zones – a performing arts theater and exhibition galleries, and a commercial center for conferences and trade fairs. The highlight of the design is the curving, layered rooftops that create a landmark and provide panoramic views of the harbor.

To address the tropical climate, the architects have integrated low-carbon design strategies into the project. The rooftops feature photovoltaics and rainwater collection systems, while deep overhanging eaves provide shading and shelter for outdoor terraces. Natural ventilation is enhanced through the district’s orientation, composition, and landscaping. The buildings also incorporate high-efficiency equipment, sea water heat exchangers, and an intelligent building management system to optimize energy consumption. Sustainable materials, such as timber cladding sourced from certified forests, are used throughout the district, further reinforcing the commitment to sustainability.

Once completed, the cultural district will enhance Sanya City’s urban landscape and provide a unique waterfront experience for residents and tourists alike. The project aligns with the city’s vision to develop its cultural and creative industries, attracting more visitors and stimulating economic growth. With its futuristic design and sustainable features, the district is set to become a prominent landmark and contribute to the city’s sustainable development goals.

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