Blue Ocean City

Qingdao, Shandong, China

Client: Shandong T-Bay South Sea New City

Year: 2012

Designed to take advantage of its beautiful waterfront location, Blue Ocean City is a new concept master plan designed to develop a new lifestyle and tourism-based destination in Shandong, China.

Featuring an internal marina as the focal point, the development will include recreational beaches, luscious parkland and a system of lock-controlled canals to add an air of luxury and liveability to the area.

The vision for the new waterfront city addresses high-level technical issues such as traffic and transport and also proposes innovative architectural designs that capture the idyllic nature of the tourist-oriented waterfront destination.

ML Design’s ability to collaborate with external stakeholders is what saw us approached to take control of the new masterplan development. We understood what it took to deliver a strategic outcome that would create a new tourist destination.

The biggest consideration ML Design kept in mind when developing the master plan was that the site’s location is plagued by seasonal flooding, serious siltation from uncontrolled upstream development and hectares of abandoned aquaculture farms.

The challenge was to develop an innovative concept for a new idyllic waterfront city that would satisfy the central Government’s need for a showcase of lifestyle and tourism – while ensuring our designs responded to the extensive environmental issues of the site.

Working with a team of Australian coastal consultants, ML Design facilitated a number of intense planning workshops involving local and international consultants, local government officials, technical experts and the developer to create a unique vision plan for Blue Ocean City.

These initial workshops laid out a plan for the 8,000-hectare region, which included dredging, new river channels and an upstream dam to mitigate the flooding risk. We also created scenic islands and other elements to increase the attraction to tourists.

The design components take advantage of the waterways for public amenity and commercial opportunity, while recognising the cultural and historical significance of the site as a pre-colonial port city – creating a comprehensive new tourist destination for China.