Zhang Hai Ao designs Sunrise Kempinski Hotel

Sunrise Kempinski HotelImage courtesy of Kempinski Hotels

Zhang Hai Ao designs Sunrise Kempinski Hotel

Zhang worked with his team of 60 designers from across the globe, including the UK, Italy, Spain, the US, Holland and the Philippines, who spent 60 days brilliantly developing this amazing building design.

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The compound is set on 47,678-square-metre (513,202 sq ft) grounds and the building is 97 metres (318.2 ft) high with 21 floors. The top of the building reflects the colour of the sky, the middle of the building reflects the Yanshan Mountain, and the bottom of the building reflects the lake. The exterior glass surface, which is covered by over 10,000 pieces of glass panels, spans 18,075 square metres (194,558 sq ft).   

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The front view is that of the “Rising Sun” (round shape), symbolic of the fast-developing economy of China. The entrance of the hotel is shaped like the mouth of a fish, symbolising prosperity. From a side-angle view, the hotel building is shaped like a scallop, which represents “Fortune” in Chinese culture. Other Chinese cultural elements are also used in the design details; for example, the side of the building embraces the concept of traditional Chinese panes.

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The roof of floor three (where the main round building starts) is a free-form shape, like a cloud. The whole picture then embraces the theme of “The Cloud lifting the Sun”. In the past, Chinese people would stand in awe of the sun, which they believed to reflect the core values of Chinese philosophy – that mankind is an integral part of nature and in order to be harmonious, nature should be respecte.

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