10 firms compete to design Eco-tourism hub in China

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Hainan Airlines Group has announced a design competition for the master plan and central buildings on a man-made island in Haikou Bay, China. The island, called the South Sea Pearl will be an eco-tourism hub with housing, a cruise ship port, a yacht harbour, hotels, resorts, a theme park, and more. The crescent-shaped island is 250 hectares in size and located off the coast of Hainan, China. The ten firms that will compete to design the island are London-based Foster + Partners, New York-based Morphosis Architects, Office of Architecture in Barcelona, New York-based Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Seoul-based Iroje Architects & Planners, Seoul-based UNStudio, Rotterdam-based KuiperCompagnons, Los Angeles-based The Jerde Partnership, Beijing-based CCDI, and internationally-based Boston International Design Group. Construction is likely to begin in 2017 and take approximately a decade to complete.

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