The master plan is based on the classic “dumbbell” design scheme, organized around circulation loops linking the various courts together. By compressing and decompressing the public space, this approach creates a variety of pedestrian perspectives. Viewing corridors along the east-west axis of the central court maintain uninterrupted views to the waterfront. With Xiamen’s lush vegetation and tropical climate, HaiCang Bayside Market’s design concept is modeled on a tropical/modern resort style combining greenery and a series of contemporary buildings. Climatic elements, as well as native materials, are used to create a natural, warm, and inviting experience for the passersby. Shading devices enhance the open-air street walks and help to mitigate the tropical climate. The waterfront utilizes programming of indoor and outdoor dining areas to connect the center with the public promenade.