Taihu Bay Real Estate Company
studio505 were asked to design a sustainable eco resort by the Taihu Bay Real Estate Company, China. To be located on the Jiaoshan Islands, the development represents a unique opportunity for the people of Jiangsu. Developing a sustainable, carbon neutral and net energy zero style resort on the location while focusing the attention of the development on the opportunity to rehabilitate the waters of Taihu in general will help to improve the livelihood, wealth and health of the surrounding populations and communities.
The development is designed to reveal itself as a series of new hilltops, nestled between the two islands, connecting them to each other and to the greater lake. The architecture of the circular marina creates a new centre between the islands, where they currently kiss. The principal driver for the form has been the creation of place; the current marina has been expanded to a generous and exciting circular enclosure with a building in the form of a rounded hill. Circular motifs recur through scales, from the 200m marina, to the collection of reed beds and pools strung like beads around the interior of the water.
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The development is designed to reveal itself as a series of new hilltops, nestled between the two islands, and connecting them to each other and to the greater lake.
Lake Taihu currently has some severe issues with algae blooms and the central government, through the Ministry of Environmental Protection, is going to great lengths to clean up Taihu over the next 5 years. Developments close to the Lake are now closely monitored to ensure that they are not going to contribute additional pollutants into the Lake Taihu Ecosystem.
Jiaoshan Island Resort is surrounded by the waters of Lake Taihu. These waters are often polluted and are the source of drinking water for most developments on the lake including the major city of Wuxi. A sustainable water management strategy on the island is therefore vital and crucial to the success of a resort development on the Island to ensure continued water supply and maintain good water quality surrounding the island.
A sustainable, carbon neutral and net energy zero style resort. Focusing the attention of the development on the opportunity to rehabilitate the waters of Lake Taihu.