Cruise on the Putting Greens is a boutique golf hotel situated in Phoenix City, Sanya, a popular vacation destination known as ‘the Hawaii of China.’ The design strategy is to create an experience that is visually light-weighted and spiritually light-hearted. Sitting on a hilly site with mountainous backdrop and golf court in the front, the building nestles into the existing topography, recalling the image of a cruise ship berthing in a harbor. Floor plates become horizontal decks floating above the main entry level. The lower levels merge with the putting greens and become partially underground, consisting of the banquet hall, fine dining and the wellbeing center. The guest rooms occupy the upper levels to offer a view of the golf court and seashore beyond. Natural ventilation is promoted by making the depth of the rooms shallow, giving room for the balconies to form linear private gardens that also provide efficient shading to the level below. These strategies work to enhance energy efficiency.
The roof top, which is comprises a swimming pool and a bar, is shaded by sail-like ETFE canopies with special light effects at night. Besides the sun-shading function, the canopies also serve as a rainwater collection and recycling system where treated rainwater is reused for irrigating the gardens throughout the building.
Grand sheers of water curtain draping down from the pools on different levels add a mysterious layer to the atmosphere. Gardens like voids penetrating and interlocking zones horizontally and vertically to establish pleasant micro-climates throughout the resort.
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