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Creating a European Wine Region in Shandong

MCM Group has won a contract to complete the architectural design of multiple privately-owned wineries, each with its own distinctively styled chateau, as well as a 280-room luxury hotel in China’s Shandong Province, north of QingDao City. Known as the “Rushan Winery,” the project will create an old-world European wine region in Shandong.

“Private buyers or corporations will have the opportunity to own their own functioning winery,” explains MCM Group Lead Designer Lee Parmenter. “The hope is that owners will keep the properties for many years and develop reputations for their wines and the region itself.”

China’s burgeoning affluence has created a market for very high-end real estate as well as an appreciation for the sophisticated culture and lifestyle of the famous European wine regions of  France, Italy and Spain. The project will be broken up into different zones, each recreating a culture from a different theme based on Italian, Spanish, and French chateaus.

There will be six ultra-luxurious chateaus that will serve as residences and will range in size from 600 sqm to 2800 sqm. Each chateau will have its own vineyard with grape vines and winemaking facilities. The project property, located amongst gently rolling hills, also has a reservoir residents will be able to use for boating and other water activities.

The Rushan Winery project also features a 280-room luxury hotel inspired by the world-famous Chateau Lafite Rothschild in France’s Bordeaux region. Designed as condominium units, the hotel will have functioning winemaking facilities incorporated into a themed wine experience for tourists, bringing together old world tradition with modern Chinese lifestyle.

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MCM Group to Design Dalian’s Luxury Resort District

The City government of Changxing Island City, a regional district of Dalian, China, has retained MCM Group to plan five kilometers of coastline into a national level resort and residential development.  The project’s core design goal is to become a Class AAAAA National Attraction, featuring the area’s great fishing and aquaculture tradition.  Home to one of China’s leading sea cucumber regions, the City Leaders have stressed the desire to be a leading example of China’s goal to “sustainably cultivate the oceans and develop sustainable tourism.”

Teamed with John Tang Associates of Hong Kong, who is leading the master planning of the 50-square kilometer Changxing Island City, MCM Group was selected from several international teams to lead the design effort along the five kilometers of coastline, as well as design an international level “six star” resort and 600,000 square meters of luxury residential housing.

The project was themed by MCM as “experience and taste the Changxing culture.”  The tourism program features nine elements – eating, entertainment, shopping, water activities, accommodations, recreation, boating, green design, and learning and inspiration.  Featured facilities include the Ocean and Marine Center; the world’s largest clock designed as mythical sea monster; the Aquatic Products Trading Market; a memorial walk for fisherman that lost their lives; a yacht and fishing club; a cruise ship dock and processing center; and a performance plaza.

Manuel Blanco-Longueira, one of MCM’s senior designers on the project, who has worked on oceanfront projects throughout the world, comments that “the combination of cultural, entertainment and leisure opportunities along the five kilometer waterfront are among the world’s finest.”

A key feature of MCM’s designs is the use of green technology throughout.  From creating biological wetlands to clean the area’s water run-off before depositing into the sea, to utilizing green technologies in all the buildings to lower energy consumption, the area will be a true hallmark on the road to sustainable design.

Planning and design on the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2011.  The street grid has been completed along with the basic infrastructure.  The government plans to begin construction on the project in early 2012.