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4 Located
inside a quarry,
Cheng Chung
Design (HK)'s
concept for the
InterContinental Shanghai
Wonderland
Hotel plays with
the aesthetic of
mining using
stylized rock
formations.

JOE CHENG
CHENG CHUNG
DESIGN (HK)

functional spaces and visual illusions to make the most of every inch. "Everything that had been hidden from us for decades has been uncovered and given
a new life," explains Jaakko Puro, interior designer and managing director, Puroplan. Underscoring the new penchant for connection with nature, the team
transformed an open courtyard into a glazed, year-round indoor garden.
Human scaled with its small bar and fireplace, this idyllic enclave can become
a breakfast room, or host conferences and promotional and private events.
As the cost of real estate goes up and as guests spurn conspicuous
consumption (as in too much bling), guestrooms are getting smaller and more
strategically styled. In this property, the designers got big-space wow from a
tight floorplan by cladding the headboard wall with floor-to-ceiling antiqued
mirrors and, in the bathroom, installing a bespoke illuminated partition wall.
Tapping into the nature-loving mood of many travelers and their desire for
out-of-the ordinary experiences, the design by architecture and interior design
practice Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Copenhagen, of Audemars Piguet Hôtel des
Horlogers opening in 2020 in Le Brassus, Switzerland, features five zig-zagging
room slabs expanding into a gently sloping exterior path. From roof terraces
accessed at each corridor, guests ski down the ramp and into nature. "Skiing
directly from your hotel room into the landscape creates a seamless, exciting
way for guests to explore their surroundings," says Daniel Sundlin, partner, BIG,
"while also giving the local skiing community direct access to the hotel itself."

ASIA
Collaboration is another engine in the shake-up of design. Case in point?
Hirsch Bedner Associates' (HBA) commission to create a pioneering hospitality
project worthy of Ettore Sottsass. The design firm's Dubai office teamed with
the renowned architect and his practice Sottsass Associati, Milan, on the
Artyzen Sifang recreation center and hotel, located within the China International Practical Exhibition of Architecture in the capital of China's eastern
Jiangsu province, Nanjing. Opened in October 2018, it comprises 22 buildings
designed by many of the world's most prominent architects.
David T'Kint, partner, HBA (Dubai), developed his own take on the legend's
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DAVID T'KINT
HIRSCH BEDNER
ASSOCIATES (HBA)

signature geometric forms and color blocking. One aspect of T'Kint's response
was to design multifunctional furniture that makes the guestroom space work
harder-although in this case, the result is a space that appears simpler.
"The typical guestroom has adapted to the transformation of society-meaning
it's more liberal than ever," says T'Kint. Instead of telling guests what experience
they'll get, hoteliers must accommodate the "my terms, on demand" mindset. At
Artyzen Sifang, rather than an armchair or desk next to the bed, an oversized sofa
spans the entire room width so guests can unwind in a fully-horizontal position or
lean on pillows while taking in the lake. A free-standing table and guest chair can
be repositioned to dine with optimal views. Adjusting the sofa's rigid, integrated
back pillow provides the right posture for working at the same table. Since it's
made in two parts, this piece can be reconfigured as seating for multiple
guests. Whatever the function, it can be adapted to personal preferences.
The InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland Hotel designed by Cheng
Chung Design (HK) (CCD), Hong Kong, opened in November 2018 and takes
biophilia and experiential cross-pollination to a whole new level. Constructed
inside an abandoned quarry, the hotel's interior design concept, "adventure to
the center of Earth," applies the "aesthetics of mining" with wild rocks and
vertical cliffs leading to, ultimately, an underwater sea world.
"The future of hospitality design is oriented towards experiences where
beauty and a sense of luxury are deeply rooted in personal connection," says Joe
Cheng, founder of CCD. For this reason, the studio created a concept that lets
guests learn the hotel's story through the design elements they discover while
exploring the property.
A 3D water curtain in the lobby; rooms with stalactites and stalagmites; an
"underwater" restaurant with aquarium walls; and a honeymoon suite with a
floor-to-ceiling aquarium adds up to unexpected ways to mix with nature.
Combining the thrills of amusement parks and spelunking with the luxury of the
Presidential Suite imagined as James Bond 007's secret base inside the quarry,
the one-of-a-kind hotel is not just a place to sleep-it is the main attraction.
The good news is that hospitality design has never been more valuable to hoteliers, nor more open to exploring new ideas. Roll on, 2019; the best is yet to come! £

C O U R T E S Y O F C H E N G C H U N G D E S I G N ( H K ) ( I N T E R C O N T I N E N TA L S H A N G H A I ; C H E N G ) ;
C O U R T E S Y O F H I R S C H B E D N E R A S S O C I AT E S ( H B A ) ( A R T Y Z E N S I FA N G ; T ' K I N T )

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