Please select your home edition
SW newsletters (top)

New Longcheer Yacht Club

by SAOTA and Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia 21 Jul 2020 17:36 PDT
New Longcheer Yacht Club, Shenzhen © Yu Bai

We haven't been to the China Cup International Regatta these last couple of years, but this is where it all started: Longcheer Yacht Club on the east coast of the Dapeng peninsula, just across the water from the Daya Bay nuclear power station. We first visited in 1997, with the "Hong Kong - Shenzhen International Friendship Rally". (Cheoy Lee Offshore 36, Kali Mbwa; last on the water, first on handicap). Shortly after there came the Shenzhen Marine Sports Centre, and the Sevenstar Yacht Club, and Longcheer fell into a state of disrepair.

Now it's back: Cape Town-based architecture and design practice SAOTA has unveiled the design of the Longcheer Yacht Club in Shenzhen, China. Located on the Dapeng Peninsula, the flagship club and hotel serves as a catalyst to promote yachting culture and marine sports in the region.

The narrow footprint of the property hugs the coastline in a linear zigzag, and the façade is detailed with a modular pattern that emphasizes light and transparency with an undulating copper-toned visual effect. (That's what the architects say).

A series of four rooftop pavilions will host onsite entertainment and events, gently enveloping the outdoor spaces with lightweight, floating pavilions that echo the angularity of the building’s external ribbon. The structures conjure up a contemporary reinterpretation of traditional Chinese architecture, which further highlights the strong axial elements and a clear hierarchy of design. Landscaped roof gardens contrast the linear architecture in harmony with flowing lines and softened edges.

Obviously, its a good deal more than just a yacht club!

Related Articles

Signs of a positive future emerging
Peter Rendle's latest Australian newsletter With employment figures showing a record rise in December with 50,000 jobs being added in Australia, the only way to go in 2021 is forward. An announcement from the BIA regarding the plans for this year's boat shows will be posted to our websites soon. Posted on 21 Jan
Already the clouds are clearing
Peter Rendle's latest Australian newsletter We begin this week's newsletter with the announcement of a regatta that was cancelled last year. Sail Port Stephens, the event north of Sydney is hoping that it will be able to take place this year. Posted on 14 Jan
Thailand Yacht Show 2021 Postponed
TYS on the back burner, just like everything else In light of the recent outbreak of coronavirus infections in Thailand and the latest announcement of restrictions on inter-province travel, show organisers Verventia have regretfully announced the decision to postpone the 2021 Thailand Yacht Show Posted on 14 Jan
Optimism will be the driving force in 2021
Peter Rendle's first Australian newsletter of 2021 The boating industry has struggled in some quarters but overall intuitive solutions via Zoom and Skype, plus digital platforms such as the Sail-World group have enabled the message to reach the marketplace. Posted on 7 Jan
One hell of a year!
Peter Rendle's final Australian newsletter of 2020 As we approach the New Year, a reflection on this last 12 months can be summarised as tough and tougher. The unprecedented measures to curb a previously unknown virus has led to widespread closure of businesses, especially in hospitality and tourism. Posted on 30 Dec 2020
A year like no other. The Queen said it all.
Peter Rendle's latest Australian newsletter I believe it was the queen who coined the phrase "Annus Horribilis" in 1992. I am sure many people will label 2020 with the same description. Posted on 17 Dec 2020
The industry flourishes despite restrictions
Peter Rendle's latest Australian newsletter We begin this week's newsletter with a bit of self-promotion. After a period of uncertainty and restricted movement here and overseas the Sail-World group has achieved record levels of reach. Posted on 10 Dec 2020
Industry interview gives an insight to the future
Peter Rendle's latest Australian newsletter Mark Jardine, Sail-World Managing Editor, chats with Bryan Stewart, International Sales and Marketing Manager at Vaikobi about building the paddling and sailing brand, increasing distribution in Covid times, and more. Posted on 3 Dec 2020
New Distributors, Products, People and Boats
Peter Rendle's latest Australian newsletter As we unwind from the restrictions imposed under the Covid-19 pandemic, the industry continues to gain momentum heading toward the new year. Posted on 26 Nov 2020
Not the Hong Kong Yacht Show 2020
Falling short of promises and expectations To call what took place over last weekend at Kwun Tong typhoon shelter “the Hong Kong Yacht Show” is stretching things a bit. Posted on 25 Nov 2020
MBW newsletters (top)