Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
A new flagship hotel for The Park Hotel Group, this 531,550-square-foot, 270-room hotel infuses a modern, sustainable design with the local craft traditions, and is influenced by the region’s reputation as a center for the design and production of gemstones and textiles. The project is distinctive for its profound implementation of sustainable design strategies, with special attention paid to the building’s relationship to its site, daylighting, and views.
The building’s three sides wrap an elevated courtyard that can be accessed from the hotel lobby. This flexible outdoor area is protected from strong winds and serves as an extension of the restaurants inside. It features a private dining court and a swimming pool. The facade provides a range of transparency according to the needs of the spaces inside. Perforated and embossed metal screens over a high-performance glazing system give privacy to the hotel rooms while allowing diffused daylight to enter the interior spaces and provides acoustic insulation from trains passing nearby.
SOM also designed many of the project’s interior spaces, including the lobbies, the lobby lounge, retail, and banquet halls. The interiors continue the jewelry concept – with silver, gold and gemstones throughout. The project achieved the first LEED® Gold certification for a hotel in India, and has been awarded Best New Hospitality Project of 2010 from Cityscape India.