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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

W Guangzhou Hotel and Residences in Zhujiang Xincheng (Pearl River New Town), Guangdong by Rocco Design Architects

July 30th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Rocco Design Architects 

The W Guangzhou Hotel & Residences complex was designed in 2006 and the construction works began in the next year. After 6 year’s construction, W Guangzhou ushered in its grand opening in May 2013.
The architecture of W Guangzhou is a response both to the urban conditions of contemporary Guangzhou, and to the unique programme of a compact city hotel.
The building is an actual amalgamation of two components: a 317-room boutique hotel and a 160-unit serviced apartment under one single management.

Night view from southwest, Image Courtesy © Liky Lam

  • Architects: Rocco Design Architects
  • Project: W Guangzhou Hotel and Residences
  • Location: Zhujiang Xincheng (Pearl River New Town), Guangdong
  • Photography: Liky Lam
  • Design Date: 2006
  • Completion Date: 2013
  • Site Area: 22,630 sq m
  • Gross Floor Area: 106,500 sq m
  • Client: KWG Property Holding Ltd
  • Local Architect: Guangzhou Foreview Architect Institute
  • Interior Designer: Yabu Pushelberg, Glyph, AFSO, A.N.D., DesignWilkes
  • Structural Engineer: RBS Archectural Engineering Design Consultant Co Ltd
  • M&E Engineer: J. Roger Preston Ltd
  • Hotel Operator: Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels & Resorts Pte. Ltd

Different glass boxes inserted at various heights, Image Courtesy © Liky Lam

The building flanks a major boulevard (Xian Cun Road) along the central axis of the new CBD of Guangzhou. The lower hotel portion addresses the busy Xian Cun Road / Jin Sui Road turnabout, announcing the brand and projecting the glazed roof-top spa; while the taller apartment portion turns the corner of the quieter south-eastern Xian Cun Road junction.

Hotel and residences knited together to form and integrated building, Image Courtesy © Liky Lam

The two portions are architecturally unified into one monolithic block that presents a large-scale public image, defines the street edge and reinforces its linearity, but at the same time is punctuated in the centre with a large vertical ‘window’ that allows the inner landscaped park of the urban block to visually and spatially merge with the public street. This compositional gesture brings about an urban permeability that enhances the lighting and air flow pattern within the district.

Back elevation from inner courtyard, Image Courtesy © Liky Lam

Within the unified architectural mass, individual components are given their own expression: the private residential portion i.e. guest rooms and apartments are clad in dark granite / glass, their scale subtly defined by a matrix of vertical glass fins, while the public portion i.e. bar, restaurants and spa are enclosed in transparent glazed boxes that visually spring out from the dark background and allow the hotel’s ambience to radiate into the surrounding neighborhoods.

West facing façade with external glass shading features, Image Courtesy © Liky Lam

With major hotel functions needing to be stacked up vertically by virtue of the compact size of the urban lot, the architecture is an actual embodiment of an intriguing spatial journey from the ground up: a three-dimensional and intertwining sequencing of diverse spatial forms and experience, from the narrow and vertical entrance vestibule, to the spacious but intimate reception ‘living room’, to the transparent bar in the floating glass box, all the way to the green and semi-enclosed swimming pool resting on the building’s top.
The architecture of W visually intrigues, and at the same time creates a spatial odyssey that invites exploration and keeps senses invigorated.

Main reception hall infiltrated with natural daylight, Image Courtesy © Liky Lam

Main reception hall, Image Courtesy © Liky Lam

Entrance vestibule before the main reception hall, Image Courtesy © Liky Lam

Linkbridge over entrance vestibule, Image Courtesy © Liky Lam

Sky garden at top glass box, Night view from southwest, Image Courtesy © Liky Lam

Sky pool at top glass box, Image Courtesy © Liky Lam

Image Courtesy © Rocco Design Architects

Image Courtesy © Rocco Design Architects

Image Courtesy © Rocco Design Architects

Image Courtesy © Rocco Design Architects

Image Courtesy © Rocco Design Architects

Image Courtesy © Rocco Design Architects

Image Courtesy © Rocco Design Architects

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