Rosewood Sanya and Sanya Forum | Goettsch Partners | World Design Awards 2021

Goettsch Partners: Winner of World Design Awards 2021. Located at the southern end of Hainan Island in the city of Sanya, China, the complex focuses on two conceptual design elements: a “lighthouse” for the hotel and serviced apartment tower, and a complementary “rock formation” for the convention center.

The 46-story hotel and serviced apartment tower rises from a conceptual outcropping of rock to become an iconic symbol of Haitang Bay, its glowing beacon visible from any direction. A unique resort in the sky, the building is organized vertically, with the arrival sequence, landscape, and incorporation of water and views all considered integral to the guest experience. The amenity-rich resort is purposely designed to be intimate and exclusive, offering a limited 246 generously sized rooms—all with ocean views and individual terraces, some with their own plunge pool. The 465 serviced apartments are located in the main tower, which sits immediately behind the low, linear bar of hotel rooms. The top of the tower features a multilevel club for the exclusive use of the apartment residents and culminates in the iconic “lighthouse beacon.”

The Sanya Forum is designed as a premier convention facility, catering to national and international economic and political summits, as well as a variety of other meetings and special events. The building’s rock-like mass is designed to be bold yet approachable. Once inside, a unique volume of space opens across multiple levels, with areas for meetings and formal ceremonies. The multifunctional building accommodates large events with an exhibition hall, a ballroom, and forum space that can serve formal state gatherings, as well as private weddings and parties. The building also provides a variety of other meeting spaces, along with a large VIP meeting, gathering and reception area at the top with an outdoor terrace overlooking the ocean. The design culminates in the private rooftop garden, with exclusive spaces juxtaposed against expansive ocean views.

46 stories
1,630,700 sfsqm total


246-key hotel
465 serviced apartments
Five-story convention center
Exhibition space
Meeting rooms
Visitors center
Designed for LEED-NC Silver

Project Details
Goettsch Partners

Project Name
Rosewood Sanya and Sanya Forum

Goettsch Partners

World Design Awards Category
Hospitality Built

Project Location

Client: Poly Real Estate (Group) Co., Ltd.; Architect of Record: Guangzhou Design Institute; General Contractor: China State Construction Engineering (CSCEC); Structural Engineer: RBS Architectural Engineering Design Associates; Hotel Interior Designer: AB Concept; MEP Engineer: Parsons Brinkerhoff; Apartment Interiors: Spaces; Forum Interiors: Citygroup; Lighting Designer: Project Lighting Design (PLD); Landscape Architect: P Landscape; Curtain Wall Consultant: Suma Façade Consultants


Photography ©Credit
©Shen Zhonghai

Goettsch Partners (GP) is an architecture firm with a global perspective. Based in Chicago, with additional offices in Shanghai and Abu Dhabi, we share a singular approach to design that combines seasoned experience with a passion for exploration and innovation. Our completed and active projects span five continents and represent a diverse range of types and sizes.