a new landmark yachting destination and home for the local and international yachting fraternity

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Set on the Dapeng Peninsula, part of the Daya Bay in Nan’ao, Shenzhen, on a narrow strip of land between Daya Bay and the Yashan mountain range, Longcheer Yacht Club, designed by SAOTA was envisioned not just as a new flagship yacht club and hotel, but also as a catalyst to promote yachting culture and encourage public interest in marine sport.

▼项目鸟瞰,aerial view © Yu Bai


The site is part of a scenic stretch of coastline that has become a centre for marine sports and leisure activities in China. The club’s neighbours already include a maritime school and marine sports base, and the stretch of coastline it’s on has been earmarked for further development relating to various marina leisure activities.

▼项目区域将成为海上运动和休闲活动的中心,the area will be developed to a centre for marine sports and leisure activities © Yu Bai


The site, which included existing yacht jetties, has spectacular views of the bay and Daya Islands, and provides some of the best vantage points from which to view the China Cup International Regatta and other prestigious yachting events. Caught between the mountain and the ocean, the building was envisioned as an extension of the landscape, mediating between the mountain and the bay beyond.

▼建筑强化了山与海湾之间的联系,the building mediating between the mountain and the bay beyond © Yu Bai


The narrow shape of the site, hugging the jagged coastline, and the need to maximise views of the bay informed the long, linear zig-zag shape of the building and its orientation, while its height and emphasis on horizontality was dictated by municipal restrictions that ensure that ocean views from the scenic main road behind the site are not obscured.

▼锯齿形体块与海岸线相契合,linear zig-zag shape of the building fits the jagged coastline © Yu Bai

▼满足限高要求的同时保证观海视野,ensure the ocean view while meeting height limits © Yu Bai


The building features a highly efficient servicing strategy, whereby it takes deliveries and is serviced entirely from the lower level via four strategic cores that bring services up into the project and disperse them throughout the building via circulation nodes. This arrangement maximises the use of premium space and views on the upper levels. Large light scoops in the roof allows natural light into the lower levels and filter it into the rear rooms.

▼屋顶巨大的下凹天窗为内部房间提供良好的照明,large light scoops in the roof allows natural light into the rooms © Yu Bai


The façade of the building was inspired by traditional Chinese lanterns, the concept of the light box multiplied and repeated to create a modular pattern emphasising lightness and transparency, which is particularly effective when seen from the bay at night. An undulating copper-coloured ribbon-like detail feature unifies the façade, delineating the circulation cores and opening up views of the yacht basin.

▼铜色“丝带”勾勒出交通核心,a copper-coloured ribbon delineates the circulation cores © Yu Bai

▼夜晚亮起的铜色“丝带”,lightening copper-coloured ribbon in the evening © Yu Bai

▼“灯箱”组合成轻盈透明的图案,the light box multiplied, creating a modular pattern emphasising lightness and transparency © Yu Bai


A series of four rooftop pavilions serve as dedicated entertainment, meeting and reception areas. These lightweight, floating pavilions feature slim, folded, faceted roof shapes, echoing the angularity of the “ribbon” feature on the building’s facade. The large overhangs not only create protected outdoor spaces, but together with the clear expression of their columns involve a contemporary interpretation of some of the defining aspects of traditional Chinese architecture, which also informed the strong axial elements and clear hierarchy of the design.

▼屋顶凉亭的巨大悬挑,the large overhang of the rooftop pavilion © Yu Bai



The landscaping includes two promenades, one above the hotel, creating a public viewing platform from which members of the public can view the yacht races in the bay, and one along the water’s edge in front of the hotel, which is envisioned as forming part of a longer continuous walkway spanning neighbouring properties and contributing generously to the life of the precinct more broadly. The flowing lines, softened edges and terraced layering of the landscaping around the site, contrasting with the angular linearity of the architecture, was inspired by rice field terraces in Yunan. In addition, the landscaped rooftop gardens extend the mountain forest vegetation behind the main road.

▼屋顶花园的景观配置,灵感来源于云南梯田,the landscape of the rooftop garden, inspired by rice field terraces in Yunan  © Yu Bai

▼穿过屋顶花园的游憩步道,promenade going through the rooftop garden © Yu Bai


The resulting intervention not only creates a new landmark yachting destination and home for the local and international yachting fraternity, but contributes meaningfully to the overall development of the region and the creation of a larger precinct. It’s a luxurious location for the appreciation of one of the eight most beautiful coasts of China.

▼夜景,nightview © Yu Bai

▼首层平面图,ground floor plan © SAOTA

▼六层(屋顶)平面图,sixth floor plan © SAOTA

Project Name: Longcheer
Project Location: Shenzhen, China
Lead Designers: SAOTA
SAOTA Project Team: 
Phillippe Fouché, Stefan Antoni, Greg Truen, Dani Reimers, Ke Lu

Theo Gutter, Mike Wentworth and Henry Abosi
Architect: ZHUBO Design Group
Lead Architects: Guochuan Feng, Yali Huai

EngineerZHUBO Design Group
Landscaping: Metrostudio

Photographer: Yu Bai
Copy by: Graham Wood

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