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Gemini Bay, Haikou, China 
Thursday 02 Sep 2010
 
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Carbon neutral community finds destiny in retail-centred island development 

Gemini Bay Haikou master plan creates a carbon neutral community and vital destination out of reclaimed land near Haikou, providing a wide range of unique activities for its visitors. Building upon on the site’s exceptional site conditions, the plan is organised around the transit stops of the monorail and tram systems. Major public destinations – ones that will attract large amount of people – are located directly adjacent to transit stops. A theme park, amusement park and water park are located on the northern side of the island and are adjacent to time share housing that will provide needed temporary accommodation for visitors.

The vitality of the location is centred upon a retail district that is situated along the canal, similar to the way Amsterdam and other waterfront cities implement nearby natural landmarks to create an extraordinary experience. The canal retail experience is an integral part of the island’s fashion district, which, by design, is reminiscent of a traditional Chinese urban fabric, with narrow alleys and plazas. High rise hotels and beaches flank the district on the south side of the island, which benefits from clear and clean water through the mangrove filtering system. The entire project herein acts as an engine for cleaning the local environment and securing its sustainable future.

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