As the first decade of the 21st century ends, people are re-evaluating their priorities and taking a second look at their lifestyles. In today's fast-paced world, a number of individuals have started to live life at their own pace and get out of the rat race.
To celebrate its new project, Larvotto, property developer Sun Hung Kai Properties has launched a book, Larvotto: Ocean Splendour, which details the advantages of waterfront living.
Larvotto looks out over the Aberdeen South typhoon shelter and is within sight of the Aberdeen Marina Club. The book is divided into five chapters, with each one detailing the positives of waterfront living.
The first chapter looks at the new style of living. It focuses on how a contemplative life brings about balance and perspective.
There is no obligation to maintain the blistering pace that contemporary technology sometimes demands. Nor should we seek to tune out of the modern world and hope that change will somehow pass us by.
The chapter also describes how this lifestyle is about interacting positively and finding the best way to exist in harmony with man and nature. 'It is about achieving balance, between work and leisure, career and family, activity and relaxation, striving to achieve and simply allowing events to take their course,' the chapter says.
The next chapter talks about various cities that are renowned for their waterfronts, such as Hong Kong, New York and Monaco. It states that the magical allure of the sea has always influenced the location of major cities. And, seeing the inherent potential of waterfront sites, developers and urban planners have, in recent years, sought to reshape seafronts and reclaim land to provide new areas that give marine access and enchanting ocean vistas.
Some of the most notable of these projects are in Hong Kong, New York and Monaco.
The other chapters of the book look at various aspects of life on the waterfront including the famous yacht race, the America's Cup.
The history of the competition dates back to 1851 when, in a bid to demonstrate the shipbuilding prowess of the United States, the New York Yacht Club formed a syndicate to compete in regattas and races in England. That year, the schooner America beat 15 entries from the Royal Yacht Squadron to win a 53-mile race around the Isle of Wight. The trophy presented was an ornate silver ewer crafted by Garrard & Co, at the time worth 100 golden sovereigns, and which became known as the America's Cup in honour of the first-ever holder. It was later affectionately nicknamed the Auld Mug.