‘The design concept for Xiamen Dream City integrates the project with its beachfront site by materialising as a series of buildings imbedded within an urban landscape deck that appears to emerge from the beach itself. The contour lines of the natural topography of the site are conceived as a dynamic vector field which has been activated by the strategic placement of key programmatic elements. These elements act as invisible forces which disturb the field and reorganise the arrangement of the contours to form a continuous and rippling surface of undulating dunes, canyons and valleys which define a network of public plazas, linear gardens, and winding pathways at surface level. Below the surface the deck peels away to reveal the contents of the low rise buildings embedded within the landscape. The dynamic and cascading effect of the openings articulate a series of protected surfaces, waterfront views, and sculptural north-facing roof lights for the retail, dining, and entertainment venues at lower levels.