HOK’s design for this luxury resort hotel reinterprets the myth of Atlantis on Hainan Island.
Derived from the crashing of the South China Sea against the island’s rocky coast—once considered to be the end of the earth—the tower rises in two fin-like forms to create a dramatic massing. The building podium, including the main lobby rotunda, is conceived as a series of spiraling vortexes of water streaming away from the towers.
Capping the 48-story tower is a 78-foot-high lantern that pulls the rhythm of the tower’s continuous linear balconies up to its peak. The curtain wall and balcony rails incorporate a waved frit that appears to send ripples up the building, reinforcing the fluid nature of the design.
The resort has 1,314 guestrooms, including 154 suites—all of which offer beautiful sea views. The signature Atlantis Bridge Suite is on the tower’s penthouse level. Amenities include 21 restaurants, one of the world’s largest open-air aquariums, educational exhibits and a family-friendly waterpark with fresh and salt water recreational pools.
The project owner is Fosun International Limited and the resort is operated by Kerzner International Holdings Limited.