Hospitality Design - May 2015 - (Page 155)

perspectives places chengdu By Rebecca Lo 1. Four Seasons' Views restaurant at Manele Clubhouse features marble mosaic flooring with a pattern inspired by Tapa bark cloths. 1 ON THE RISE 2 Growth puts Sichuan Province's capital city on the map There is an ancient Sichuanese saying that Chengdu is a great place to retire. As the widely acknowledged birthplace of tea culture and recognized as a UNESCO city of gastronomy for its peppercorn-laced cuisine, Chengdu residents have long enjoyed a leisurely lifestyle that includes frequent games of mahjong. And its geographic situation in the center of China makes it an important gateway to the more sparsely populated lands in the west. In recent years, Chengdu has also been booming as an economic development hub. More than half of the Fortune Global 500 companies have set up offices in the city, and foreign investment reached nearly $10 billion last year, according to the local statistics bureau. Mathew Lui, partner with HBA in Hong Kong, had his eye on the city since HBA completed the Shangri-La Chengdu in 2007. The firm more recently worked on the Swissotel, which opened last year, and is putting the finishing touches on a JW Marriott slated for completion by the end of the year (as is the Tony Chi-designed Grand Hyatt following a sevenyear incubation period). Lui says Chengdu is exploding as a tourist destination for a number of reasons: "Sichuan Province is not really close to any special economic zone, so development there has been slower and more organic. The level of guests is what's [now] attracting international operators to the city. Quality is 1+2. Remedios Studio's Niccolo design includes a slick glass box entry, which also houses a tea lounge. respected there, and its citizens want to do things well." Yumei Wang of Los Angeles-based design firm Atwater Inc., says Chengdu needs its share of designers to cope with demand, so the firm opened a studio there to fill that gap. "The pace of new construction is much slower in Beijing and Shanghai compared with Chengdu," she points out. "We noticed the Chinese government has been encouraging the development of western China, and Chengdu, as a regional hub, is no doubt on the rise." May 2015 155

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - May 2015

Online TOC
From the Editor
Business Sense State of the Industry
Sustainable Studio El Mangroove
Project Breakdown Tuscany Penthouse
Trends Lighting Design
Trends Serviced Apartments
Places Chengdu
Places Dubai
Places Nicaragua
5 Questions for Ingo Schweder
Profile Connie Kolman
Trends Marsala
Window Coverings
HD Expo Preview
From the Show Director
Places Las Vegas
ICFF Preview
ICFF Studio
Drake Devonshire
Baccarat Hotels & Residences New York
Aman Tokyo
Le Cinq Codet
Q&C Hotel/bar
The Goodland
Hotel SP34
Martha Washington
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge
Urban Cowboy
Vincci Gala
Vino Veritas
The Grey
Stacked at Ozo Chaweng Samui
Bottega Americano
Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co.
Parq Restaurant & Nightclub
Ad Index
Back Space

Hospitality Design - May 2015