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Fosters joins stars on shortlist for Chinese ‘eco-island’

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Foster + Partners has been named alongside the likes of Morphosis and UNStudio in a contest to design an eco-friendly tourist destination on an artificial island in Haikou Bay in Hainan, China

Ten practices from around the globe are in the running to masterplan the 250ha South Sea Pearl eco-Island, which project-backer and island owner Hainan Airlines Group wants to turn into a ’holiday paradise’, with hotels, apartments, theme parks and docks for two cruise ships.

According to reports, the contest is being run by Vicente Guallart, the one-time chief architect of Barcelona and director of Guallart Architects on behalf of the China Building Center.

Teams were asked to develop a strategic vision for the island – currently under construction off the coast of Holiday Beach – which aims to ‘achieve a new urban development based on ecological principles, the best available technologies and an excellent design, creating in this way a landmark for the new urbanism in China’.

The competition jury includes Aaron Betsky from America, Benedetta Tagliabue of EMBT and Moscow’s chief architect, Sergey Kuznetsov.

A winner will be named at the end of August.

Shortlist in full

Construction work is expected to start on the project next year and is scheduled to complete in 2027.

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Nanhai Pearl artificial island in may 2016 anna frodesiak big



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