Foster + Partners and UNStudio to compete for China man-made island project

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China’s Hainan Airlines Group has announced an international competition between 10 top architecture firms to design the master plan and central buildings of the South Sea Pearl Eco-Island, an island located in the country’s Haikou Bay.

Featuring teams from China, Europe and the US, the competition calls for the creation of an 250 hectare eco-tourism hub, which will contain housing, hotels, tourist attractions and a port with capacity for two large cruise ships.

Among the firms taking part are UK-based Foster + Partners, Morphosis Architects from the US, UNStudio from the Netherlands and local company CCDI

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Competition organisers China Building Center selected Vicente Guallart, former chief architect of Barcelona and director of Guallart Architects, to develop the strategic vision for the island, aiming to “achieve a new urban development based on ecological principles, the best available technologies and an excellent design, creating in this way a landmark for the new urbanism in China.”

A winner will be selected in the last week of August by a jury comprised of leading architectural figures including Aaron Betsky (USA), Benedetta Tagliabue (IT), Donald Bates (Australia), Sergey Kuznetsov (Moscow Chief Architect) AND Peter Poulet (New South Wales State Architect).

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