CITIC Real Estate commissioned EKISTICS to develop a master plan for their 466 hectare golf resort project in Foshan, Guangdong Province. The project, named CITIC Lake, is located 20 km from the Bai Yun International Airport in GuangZhou and a capital investment of over ¥20 billion. EKISTICS master plan has been organized into two sectors - the Western Sector, which features a complex and steep topography of valleys, ridges, lake and an 18-hole championship golf course; and the Eastern Sector, which is predominantly flat and extends around the perimeter of the large reservoir lake. Both sectors have been configured to work with the topography on either side of a main north-south arterial public road which bisects the development site.
The western sector features a series of large single family neighbourhoods located along the golf course and in the upper valleys of the site taking advantage of golf frontage, lake frontage and the natural forested area of the site. The golf clubhouse and hotel has been sited on a hill directly above the #1 tees and the 18th green firmly positioned as the central focus of the golf precinct. The road network works with the topography and extends into the valleys forming a branching network of private and exclusive villa neighbourhoods.
The eastern sector utilizes a series of townhouse, garden apartment and high-rise neighbourhoods organized around the lake in a network of “water town” neighbourhoods. The amenity and visual appeal of the lake will be the feature characteristic of these neighbourhoods. A full service commercial center is envisioned in a central location and immediately adjacent to the main entrance to the development. This center will provide a central commercial focus for the entire development and provide residents and visitors with a range of shops, commercial space, restaurants, bars, a marina and a limited amount of high-rise residential accommodation.