Located along the western bank of Hangzhou’s Qianjiang River, this complex features a 348-key Marriott hotel and a 51-unit serviced apartment tower. A four-level podium connecting the angular twin towers provides the supporting banquet, meeting, dining, fitness and spa facilities.
The epicenter of the project, the main hotel lobby, is a multistory space under the south tower. The restaurant, bar and lounge facilities are located along the eastern perimeter of the building—on levels one and two—to maximize views of the river and gardens, while the ballroom and meeting facilities are stacked vertically along the western façade.
The unique shape of the tower floor plan references the fractured geometries of the neighboring gardens. Their linear and stepped profiles ensure that most rooms and suites have views of the gardens and river to the east.
High-performance glass; dark, textured stone; and silver-metallic accents comprise the exterior. Inspired by the nearby river, the longitudinal geometry of the tower facades is designed to create a “ripple” effect. This expression emphasizes the verticality of the towers while obscuring the cellular nature of the hotel rooms contained within. Additionally, the rippled edges of the curtain wall create shading devices that enhance solar protection and privacy while maintaining floor-to-ceiling glass to maximize views.
The complex’s design celebrates the unique characteristics of the sloping site through thoughtful placement and shaping of the programmatic elements. A centered, terraced garden forms a focal point and links the distinctive buildings together as a cohesive whole.
The project is designed to LEED standards with a focus on holistic sustainable strategies which reduce the impact of the project on its environment while enhancing the well-being of its inhabitants and surrounding context.
Locally sourced materials were used for the high performing facades, which were custom designed to reduce energy use and maintain internal comfort. A special focus was given to daylight and views, ensuring that all commonly occupied spaces prioritized their relationship to the exterior. Operable windows were included throughout all guest rooms in order to increase user comfort and provide guests with maximum controllability of their environment.
Native plant species were used throughout the landscaping to both celebrate the local climate as well as reduce the requirements for intense upkeep and water consumption. In order to maximize the public open space, all vehicular parking facilities were also constructed underground in order to maximize the open space on the site. Additionally, extensive underground bicycle facilities were included to promote alternative transportation. Public bus transportation is provided directly to the project with an additional employee shuttle designed with preferential access to the employee entry.