Type: Landscape Urbanism
Location: Pinghai Resort District, Huizhou, China
Scope: Masterplan Concept
Site Area: 23.5 ha
GFA: 13,700 sqm
In Collaboration: Bao Yuepeng & Ricki Lip, Zhang Chen, Tang Shen Lan
Award: Bronze A' Design Award in Urban Planning and Urban Design Category
HZ AQUACULTURE ECO-CENTRE
The project is located in the Pinghai Resort District Area, Huizhou north-east one hour of Shenzhen in the Daya Bay coastal region. The area closer to shenzhen to well-known for its beach tourism resort areas such as Daimeisa and Xiaomeisha. Pinghai town itself is a peninsula with strong beach frontages along the Daya Bay Region. The town itself have been dependent on aquaculture producing fish and all kinds of seafood in large fish farms very close to the ocean.
The site itself is around 23.5 ha in area with four large fish water pond and a small creek for running litigations . The development proposal for the project was to create a weekend getaway country-hostel accommodation and leisure/ edutainment centre for busy Shenzhen city mongers with urges to re-connect with nature again. The concept of agri-tourism (agriturismo farm-holiday) has been popular in Italy as far back as the 1960s, hence the rise of the famous Michelin Guide.
The Chinese people realize how years of rapid urbanization has taken a toll on its natural environment and disconnected with the natural environment. The vision of the project is to create a place where families and children can reconnect with nature and understanding its value in providing humans with adequate resources. The existing site for the project is a currently operating Aquaculture farm. The agri-tourism masterplan proposes a new educational centre, recreational centre and eco-house.
The project is located in the south of Huizhou city centre on the peninsula of the Pinghai Village. The masterplan strategy proposes to strengthen the character of the existing aquaculture fish farms and creating an adherent relationship between the newly proposed program with the existing landscape. The projects is inspired by the principles of ESD ecological sustainable development which aims to minimize the impact to the existing site.