The Crystal Hakka is one of two design schemes developed by the China Vision Project (CVP) for a site in Xiamen, China. The form of the residential towers, which are crystaline in their geometry, are also inspired by a traditional Chinese courtyard housing typology, the Hakka. Modern courtyards are linked at street level along a curved alley, drawing the observer through the dynamic spaces. The design of the Crystal Hakka also incorporates sustainable design elements, in accordance with the clients’ desire to provide housing that is environmentally sustainable and attractive. The design’s orientation, geometry, photovoltaic panels, high performance glazing, wind turbines, green roofs, and ample vegetation all contribute to the Crystal Hakka’s sustainability.