Guangdong Province, S. China – Hitesh Mehta Design

Project Year :    2003
Area              :    2,500 hectares

In the heart of China’s Nankum Mountain Reserve stands Crosswaters, an ecolodge and wellness center. With 53 rooms, this is a stunning retreat meant for peace and quiet.

The ecolodge has a wellness, conference, recreation, and nature activity centers. There are trails and several gardens with beautiful water features found throughout the property.

Crosswaters Ecolodge is the first ecotourism destination in China.
Crosswaters Ecolodge is the first ecotourism destination in China.

The buildings made use of environment-friendly materials such as marble, river stone, clay, and bamboo. These were either reused, recycled, or refurbished.

Earth-friendly materials were used all throughout the structure.
Earth-friendly materials were used all throughout the structure.

Crosswater ecolodge has won numerous prestigious architectural awards – and rightly so. It is, afterall, a masterpiece that reflects spiritual, economic, social, and environmental consciousness.

Notes from the Architect:

Hitesh was the Planning and Design team leader that planned, designed and supervised the construction of the first ecolodge and wellness center in China within Nankun Mountain Reserve. EDSA provided full services (from Conceptual Design to Construction Observation) and there were five Architects (including Hitesh) under the leadership of well-known Australian Environmental Architect, Paul Pholeros. Also in the team were the world’s leading bamboo Architect, Simon Velez from Colombia and Feng-Shui Master Architect Michael Chang from Hong Kong. Crosswaters Ecolodge has won several International ‘oscars’ for its planning and design and is mostly constructed with environmentally friendly materials. All the buildings have a ‘continuity of the vernacular’ style deeply rooted to the region, and the gardens have rich-chinese history and planted with native species. The lodge includes guest villas and rooms, conference center, wellness center, nature activity center, trails etc (3/03 to 1/07).

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The Great Wall Bamboo House is another architectural piece definitely worth seeing!