Diller Scofidio + Renfro Wins Chinese Eco-Island Competition

Winner: Diller, Scofidio + Renfro. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Winner: Diller, Scofidio + Renfro. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Diller, Scofidio + Renfro has been selected as the winners of the international South Sea Pearl Eco-Island competition. The competition – hosted by Haikou Municipal People’s Government, organized by HNA Infrastructure, coordinated by HNA Design and CBC(China Building Centre) and lead by chief consultant Vicente Guallart, former Chief Architect of Barcelona – saw 10 leading international firms compete for the design of an 250 hectare eco-tourism hub on a newly constructed island in the Haikou Bay of Hainan, which will contain housing, hotels, tourist attractions and a port with capacity for two large cruise ships.

Beating out runner-up proposals from Foster + Partners and Morphosis, Diller Scofidio + Renfro‘s winning proposal was selected after several rounds of voting by the jury, which comprised of leading architectural figures including Aaron Betsky (USA) and Benedetta Tagliabue (IT).

Continue reading to see the range of proposals and comments from the jury.

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WINNER: Diller Scofidio + Renfro (US)

Winner: Diller, Scofidio + Renfro. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Winner: Diller, Scofidio + Renfro. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Winner: Diller, Scofidio + Renfro. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Winner: Diller, Scofidio + Renfro. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

The jury found the strength of the project was that it was singular and clear in realizing the Ecoisland as a whole. It would create a beautiful, iconic form rising naturally out the landscape, recalling the volcanic caldera of the area, and shape the island into a continuous structure that would be an extremely efficient compaction of resort, retail, and housing. The project leaves the rest of the island as a place for aquaculture and agriculture, recreation, resort living and cultural facilities. This proposal is one for a truly a human-made island that celebrates all that makes such water-bound places so attractive and beautiful, while contributing to our understanding of deep, intrinsic ecology.

2nd Prize: Foster + Partners (UK)

2nd Prize: Foster + Partners. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

2nd Prize: Foster + Partners. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

2nd Prize: Foster + Partners. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

2nd Prize: Foster + Partners. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

The jury appreciated the central park the architects proposed, believing this would be a major contribution to the public and an attractor to visitors. They also lauded the attention paid to innovative technologies that would allow for intense agriculture and promised a development that could make extremely efficient use of resources. They were enchanted by the combination of learning, recreation, and living the architects showed.

3rd Prize: Morphosis (US)

3rd Prize: Morphosis. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

3rd Prize: Morphosis. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

3rd Prize: Morphosis. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

3rd Prize: Morphosis. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

The jury liked the shaping of the land to create an undulating park, the placement of the housing along the island’s edges, and the development of cruise terminal and inner harbor area.

Finalist: UNStudio (The Netherlands)

Finalist: UNStudio. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Finalist: UNStudio. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Finalist: UNStudio. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Finalist: UNStudio. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Finalist: IROJE Architects & Planners (South Korea)

Finalist: IROJE Architects & Planners . Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Finalist: IROJE Architects & Planners . Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Finalist: IROJE Architects & Planners . Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Finalist: IROJE Architects & Planners . Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Finalist: Office of Architecture in Barcelona Carlos Ferrater Partnership (Spain)

Finalist: Office of Architecture in Barcelona Carlos Ferrater Partnership. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Finalist: Office of Architecture in Barcelona Carlos Ferrater Partnership. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Finalist: Office of Architecture in Barcelona Carlos Ferrater Partnership. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Finalist: Office of Architecture in Barcelona Carlos Ferrater Partnership. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Additional Entry: Boston International Design Group, LLC (China)

Additional Entry: Boston International Design Group. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Additional Entry: Boston International Design Group. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Additional Entry: Boston International Design Group. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Additional Entry: Boston International Design Group. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Additional Entry: KuiperCompagnons (The Netherlands)

Additional Entry: KuiperCompagnons. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Additional Entry: KuiperCompagnons. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Additional Entry: KuiperCompagnons. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Additional Entry: KuiperCompagnons. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Additional Entry: CCDI (China)

Additional Entry: CCDI. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Additional Entry: CCDI. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Additional Entry: CCDI. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Additional Entry: CCDI. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Additional Entry: The Jerde Partnership Inc. (US) 

Additional Entry: The Jerde Partnership. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Additional Entry: The Jerde Partnership. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Additional Entry: The Jerde Partnership. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Additional Entry: The Jerde Partnership. Image Courtesy of Guallart Architects

Construction on the island is expected to begin in 2017, with a tentative completion date of 2027. Additional studies are currently underway to determine the design potential of other islands in the Haikou Bay. Hainan, an island in the South China with a population of 9 million people, was declared as an independent province in 1988 to become a tourism-oriented state and has seen many tourist-driven developments since.

News via Guallart Architects.

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