The Golden Dream Bay designed by Safdie Architects is located in Qinhuangdao, China. The Golden Dream Bay project attempts to tackle the increasing demand for quality, affordable housing in China, with 2,200 residential units spread over 3.5million sq ft of internal space. Alongside this will sit 74,000 sq ft of recreational clubhouses and 73,000 sq ft of retail space. Similar to Marina Bay Sands, Golden Dream Bay will look to frame stunning views in the local vicinity, with towers arranged to form ‘large-scale “urban windows” that break down the mega-scale of the project’.
Renderings show private balconies and terraces on each level, interspersed with communal parks and swimming pools facing seawards from many storeys up. Safdie Architects claim that these sky-high facilities create ‘a resort-like ambiance and a feeling of community cohesiveness within the complex’ but one wonders whether such an ambitious design will allow the sense of community the architect is attempting to achieve.