Pingtan Island, some 100km from Fujian Province’s provincial capital Fuzhou, is the closest point between China and Taiwan. The 300km² hilly island, with dramatic coastlines, is planned as a Special Economic Zone to attract new trade between the mainland and Taiwan. In 2011 a US$2bn road bridge was completed, and in 2014 the high speed train link with further bridges was completed. Following their invited competition entry, RMJM was commissioned by the Pingtan Island Comprehensive Pilot Area Planning Bureau to plan and masterplan key areas for the Liushui Town cluster.
The Liushui Cluster has an exceptional sheltered sandy beach planned for hotel and weekend tourism, and a wilder Northern foreshore facing the open sea and future deep water harbour. A deep water port is planned just to the North, and much of the land in the cluster is intended for port logistics and related residential areas. Responding to this complex program, RMJM proposed a range of functions including a mini CBD cluster, sports park, cultural areas and a broad range of residential typologies.