Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
The Tianjin Hotel in China by HAO / Holm Architecture Office
December 11th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: HAO / Holm Architecture Office
The Tianjin Hotel project is located close to the center of the city of Tianjin, a city with a population of ten million, situated approximately 120 kilometers south of Beijing in Northern China.
The building program incorporates the traditional hotel amenities such as conference rooms, restaurants, and fitness areas with a vibrant gallery for art and changing exhibitions showcasing local and international artists.
The building design orients the building mass to create better views towards downtown Tianjin while curving back part of the volume to create a covered area for the hotel entrance and drop-off.
The hotel lobby functions both as check-in for the hotel itself as well as a gallery space for guests and locals alike and offers direct access to the hotel’s amenity spaces and gardens.
The hotel design, from lobby to room, is seen as an extension of the traveler’s home with a focus on simplicity and comfort. The hotel has a total of 250 rooms including single and double rooms and suites. Each room is designed using natural, warm materials such as wood, brushed aluminum, and natural wool carpets to create a simple, relaxing and inviting room experience.
The hotel includes landscaped garden areas in its surroundings as well as private terraces for public events and private celebrations.
“The design for the Tianjin Hotel focuses on the use of natural materials mixed with modern design. We wanted to create a hotel experience that eliminates the hassle of traveling by creating a calm and inviting visitor experience that integrates and celebrates aspects of the local culture through art and exhibitions.”
About HAO / Holm Architecture Office
HAO / Holm Architecture Office is an international design collective founded in 2010 by Danish architect Jens Holm.
HAO focuses on creating strong working collaborations with clients and designers through an open and inclusive design process. We believe that collaboration on all levels of the design process leads to exciting ideas and strong projects.
HAO is a multidisciplinary office that works collaboratively with an array of professional fields, allowing us to examine new ways of thinking and implementing design. We believe in the mix, both in our work and in the people we collaborate with.
HAO is currently working in the US, China and Europe on projects ranging in scale from art installations to city planning. HAO recently won the competition to design the Samaranch Memorial Museum in Tianjin, the Qingdao Master Plan in Qingdao and the competition to re-design the Coleman Oval Park and Skate Park in Manhattan, New York.
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