Atlantis Sanya Hainan Resort 15
Sanya, Hainan Province, China
The design for this 1,400-guestroom resort
The 48-story tower is capped by a 78-foot-
of the waterpark and ocean. They also have a
hotel reinterprets the myth of Atlantis on
high lantern that pulls the rhythm of the
strong cross-axial orientation to the signature
Hainan Island. The resort sits along the
tower’s continuous linear balconies up to
317,000-gallon Atlantis aquarium.
Haitang Bay National Coast, overlooking the
its peak. The curtain wall and balcony rails
South China Sea.
incorporate a waved frit that appears to
Pushing the building’s core back to the arrival
send ripples up the building, reinforcing the
side introduces a subtle inﬂection to the plan
Derived from the ocean’s crashing against the
ﬂ uid nature of the design. The signature
and allows guestrooms to face the beach
island’s rocky coast – traditionally considered
Atlantis Bridge Suite is incorporated into the
and ocean. The podium includes more than
in China to be the end of the earth – the tower
penthouse level of the tower, reinterpreting
320,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and
rises in two ﬁn-like forms joined to create
the Atlantis brand’s classic tradition in a
a dramatic massing. The building podium,
including the main lobby rotunda, is conceived
◄ aerial view
Inspired by coral reefs, the “Lost Chambers”
as a series of spiraling vortexes of water
The porte-cochère and lobby reception area
aquarium’s design focuses on ﬂ uid movement
streaming away from the towers.
are developed on an axis with views
through the resort’s aquatic exhibits.
2014 design annual
3.3 million sq. ft. / 307,000 sq. m.