Bailu lake resort is a project for a high-end eco-resort and its facilities around Bailu lake in Hainan island in South China Sea. As many other rural areas, Bailu lake experiences aging demographic and decline in rural lifestyle due to young farmers leaving for the city to look for better work possibilities. The projects aims to create a unique enterprise within the area, triggering positive change within the county and providing opportunity for the locals by introducing the resort as part of rural tourism network.
The area is famous for lychee production and the site is surrounded by lychee farms, forest and smaller lakes and ponds. Bailu Lake is also nesting area of the protected bird, Egret. The project explores the idea of building in nature. In order to minimize the impact of the project on the natural environment, the architecture is defined by nature itself. The villas consist of number of small volumes, each representing one function, that are positioned according to available gaps in the forest and then connected by a terrace into one volume.