Xiamen, China 1999
Historically, as China’s ‘window to the world’, Xiamen has fostered a long tradition of foreign and exotic influence. As part of a country ‘developing’ at a rapid rate, the desire to present this foreign and exotic image is evident in built form and image as well as in economic, political and cultural institutions; a fact reinforced by the inclusion of overseas offices in the design competition. (Brearley Middleton)
One of the first major urban designs in China to address the ever present desire to modernise, while embracing Chinese traditions.