Beijing is no stranger to amazing new architecture, with each one more dramatic than the other. The new Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel in Beijing is the latest prestige project to wow visitors to the city. Opening late 2014, the hotel is said to have the round shape of the rising sun from the front, an entrance shaped like the mouth of a fish for prosperity, and from the side, it resembles a scallop, which also has auspicious symbolism in Chinese culture. 

It took chief designer Zhang Hai Ao and his international team from Shanghai Huadu Architect Design Company 60 days to design, and includes eco-friendly features such as solar panels and a Gas Power Generation System to reduce energy consumption. The interior architecture was conceptualised by Italian firm DiLeonardo International.

Part of a massive hotel complex managed by Kempinski, its location is 60km north of Beijing’s city centre, alongside the scenic Yanqi Lake and features panoramic views of Yanshan Mountain and the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. The 97-metre-tall building has 21 floors, and is covered with over 10,000 glass panels. These panels relfect the colour of the sky, the Yanshan Mountain in front, and the lake, giving a lightness to the massive structure. 


The centerpiece of the hotel lobby is the custom-designed art feature, made from thousands of round glass pieces hanging down from the ceiling to the ground, like a curtain around the grand staircase.


An artist’s rendering of a guestroom, furnished with contemporary furniture pieces and carrying a cosy, relaxed ambience.


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