Sanya Yazhou Bay Science and Technology City is located in the west of Sanya. It is a key growth pole for Sanya to foster new types of business for industrial transformation, initiate new momentum for economic development, and build a new benchmark for the construction of Hainan Free Trade Port. In order to implement the policy requirements of “Building a Leading Sports Nation” and the strategic deployment of “Building a Strong Maritime Country”, there is a need to provide high-quality public service facilities of international standards, and meet the growing fitness and cultural needs of the population in the area. This project plans to build a city-level comprehensive cultural and sports center in Sanya Yazhou Bay Science and Technology City.

In this context, International Competition for Architectural Design of the Deep Sea Museum and Sports Center in Sanya Yazhou Bay Science and Technology City is about to launch. This competition is hosted by Sanya Yazhou Bay Science and Technology City Administration, organized by Sanya Yazhou Bay Science and Technology City Development and Construction Co., Ltd., and co-organized by Position Architecture Co., Ltd, Shenzhen. Designers from all over the world are welcomed to participate in this competition.


Competition Objectives


The Deep Sea Museum and Sports Center in Sanya Yazhou Bay Science and Technology City will become a large-scale public facility benefiting a population of 1 million in the Great Sanya area after completion. It aims to become a coastal brand image that highlights the local characteristics, a high-quality public living place and a highly recognizable city landmark. This competition requires designers to fully respond to the local context and climate, and propose a site-specific and sustainable design scheme. Topics that designers should study in depth include but are not limited to the following:

Adaptive Design for Tropical Climate

Adjusting measures to local conditions, the design should appropriately adopt new technologies, new materials and innovative structural forms. It should also consider the impact of typhoons and respond to the coastal tropical monsoon climate.

Sustainable Design Strategies Combined with Zero Carbon Concept

Design strategies should be applied to reduce building energy consumption, to create a natural, healthy and ecological building environment, to achieve low-carbon operations and to create a 3-star building in line with National Green Building Evaluation Standards.

Landmark Project’s Expression of the City Genes

Taking advantage of the unique coastal location, the marine culture should be absorbed in design. The originality of architecture shall be highlighted to create a unique image of the coastal city.

Dynamic and Static Balance in Functional Organization

Balance the functional layout of the Sports Center and the Deep Sea Museum, consider flexible use of the building at different times and in different scenarios. Provide a variety of public spaces shared by all.


Project Overview


Located at 18 degrees north latitude, Sanya is the southernmost tropical coastal city on Hainan Island, China. Sanya Yazhou Bay Science and Technology City is located in the west of Sanya, with a planned area of 26.1 square kilometers. The site of this international competition is located in the Deep Sea Science and Technology Zone of Sanya Yazhou Bay Science and Technology City, adjacent to the coast of Yazhou Bay, with unique location and excellent landscape conditions.

This project is located at the western end of the Dynamic Service Functional Axis in the master plan of Yazhou Bay Science and Technology City. It includes a deep sea museum and a sports center, which are of great significance for enriching public cultural life and promoting the development of national fitness campaign. The site consists of two plots, Plot 1 (YK02-05-03) and Plot 2 (YK02-06-04). The total site area is 112794.6 square meters, and the FAR is ≤1.0.

The Deep Sea Museum intends to build a comprehensive museum that highlights the characteristics of the deep sea. It is mainly for display and experiences, as well as other functions such as collection, training, research, communication, and service. The Deep Sea Museum is of great significance to the popularization of deep sea knowledge, the display of deep sea technology, the development of featured marine tourism and the showcase of China’s deep-sea industry.

The Sports Center is planned to be a high-standard sports venue integrating fitness, competition and leisure activities. It includes a stadium, a gymnasium, a national fitness center, outdoor activity venues and other supporting facilities.


Competition Rules


The competition adopts the method of “Open Call” to solicit design proposals from designers around the world, which includes 2 phases:


Phase I: Pre-qualification Phase

The first phase adopts the method of “Open Review”. The Pre-qualification Review Committee shall comprehensively evaluate the application materials including the Conceptual Proposals (major) and Company Profile and Credit Files (secondary) of the applicants. The Pre-qualification Review Committee shall select 5 shortlisted applicants without ranking to enter the next phase by registered voting round-by-round. 2 alternative applicants with ranking will be determined as well. Each applicant can only submit ONE concept proposal.

Phase II: Design Competition Phase

The second phase adopts the method of “Anonymous Review”. The shortlisted applicants shall submit design competition works in accordance with the relevant regulations and the requirements of the Design Brief.  Each shortlisted applicant shall submit only ONE design scheme. The Scheme Review Committee shall review the schemes in detail, conduct full discussion and comparison and give review comments. The Scheme Review Committee shall determine 1 First Prize, 1 Second Prize and 3 unranked Excellence Prizes by registered voting round-by-round.

The competition results of all two phases will be published via the WeChat official account “youfang502”, the project homepage, etc.


Application Requirements


  • Domestic or oversea entities with legal business registration are welcome to participate. An individual or a team of individuals will not be accepted.
  • There is no qualification requirement.
  • A design company can register independently or form a consortium applicant (hereafter referred to as “the consortium”) with other design company. In a consortium, there should be no more than 3 members(1 leading member + 2 members). Consortium members shall sign the Consortium Agreement legally and specify the leading member and work distribution. Each member in the consortium shall not apply for the competition alone or participate in another consortium in other names with other entities.
  • The applicants must designate 1 or 2 chief designers in the application documents.
  • Designers participating in this international competition should be the registered staff of the application company. The chief designer should participate in the whole process of this international competition including but not limited to the site visit and Q&A sessions. If it is found that the chief designer does not match with the person submitted in the application materials during the international competition, the host/organizer have the right to cancel the qualification.
  • Two or more legal entities with the same legal representative, parent companies and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, companies that have a controlling relationship shall be regarded as the same applicant and shall not apply for the competition at the same time.
  • In order to ensure that the designers have an accurate understanding of the background and relevant requirements of this international competition, at least one of the main designers should be a native Chinese speaker.


Competition Bonus



Work Contents of the Winner Contract and the Design Fee


Work Contents of the Winner Contract

The winner of the first prize must sign a follow-up design contract with the organizer of this project. The work content in the contract shall cover schematic design and architectural design development, the design works of each stage must pass the review; the winner shall be responsible for technical disclosure, cooperate with subsequent design development of other majors and cooperate with construction document; the chief designer shall provide necessary quality assurance work in the process of design development and construction (chief designer responsibility system); the winner shall assist the host in completing feasibility study preparation and other approval procedures.

Schematic design work includes but is not limited to the following:

Planning, site master planning, architectural design, structure, electrical, water supply and drainage, HVAC, interior design, intelligent building, fire protection, landscape, green building, gas, elevator, steel structure, curtain wall, road (including opening of intersection), civil air defense, BIM design, sponge city, floodlighting, signage system, comprehensive pipe trench, pipeline access outside the construction land, prefabricated buildings, sports technology, cost estimation and coordination with budget preparation.

Chief Designer Responsibility System

A series of rights and obligations of the chief designer of the winner applicant in the design and construction process will be specified in the follow-up design contract, as well as the subsequent design general contract or EPC contract of the project, including but not limited to:

  • The chief designer is responsible for reviewing the design of the key architectural details which affect the effect of the building;
  • The chief designer has the right to check all detailed design and construction drawings that affect the overall effect of the building, such as architecture, interior and landscape, then sign for confirmation;
  • The chief designer is responsible for the selection and sampling of important materials, shall assist in solving technical problems during construction, and ensure high-quality implementation of the design scheme.

The work content is subject to the final signed contract.

Requirements after Winning

The winner should ensure that the design work at each stage meet the requirements of relevant regulations and administrative examination of approval departments of the country, Hainan Province, and Sanya City.

If the winner does not have the Class-A Qualification Certificate in Architectural Industry (Architectural Engineering) or higher certificate, it should entrust a domestic company with corresponding qualification to assist the winner in the relevant work, so as to ensure that the design works meet the requirement and get approvals. The winner should report the experience and designated team members of the company to be entrusted to the host/organizer before signing the contract and obtain the approval of the host/organizer.

The requirements for the entrusting company: Provide one design experience of public cultural and sports architectural projects with gross floor area of at least 50000 square meters dated from January 1, 2018 to the date when the competition result is announced (subject to the contract signing date). The contract work content must include design development or construction document stage.

Design Fee

The follow-up design contract fee is calculated based on the tentative construction and installation fee of this project, and the bonus already obtained shall be deducted. The basic design fee shall be calculated according to the construction and installation fee approved in the estimate document as the billing base. The billing rules are as follows:

The total basic design fee of the project is calculated according to the “Engineering Survey and Design Charge Standard” (price [2002] No.10) formulated by the State Development Planning Commission and the Ministry of Construction. The total basic design fee of the project is calculated with the coefficient of specialty as 1, the coefficient of engineering complexity as 1.15, and the additional adjustment coefficient as 1. The contract covers schematic design, architectural design development, related cooperation work and chief architect responsibility work. The follow-up design fee shall be 30% of the total basic design fee. The relevant professional design fees within the project site boundary are all included and will not be billed separately.

Taking the tentative construction and installation fee of the Sports Center as RMB 1.1 billion plus that of the Deep Sea Museum as about RMB 0.5 billion, the follow-up design fee is calculated according to a total construction and installation fee of about RMB 1.6 billion, and is tentatively estimated at about RMB 12.63 million; the prize bonus shall be deducted, and the follow-up contract fee is tentatively set at about RMB 11.13 million.


Special Notes


All information shall be subject to the official announcement released later. Pre-registration and material download application are NOT official competition application. Applicants should complete the registration process and material submission in accordance with the official announcement and relevant documents.

In case of any discrepancy between the English version and the Chinese version, the Chinese version shall prevail.


The announcement is published on AIMIR’s website now. If you want to know more following details regarding to this competition, please feel free to contact AIMIR. What’s more, you’re more than welcome to touch base with us if you need architectural visualization.

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