​Latest design concept for Chongqing’s Curio by Hilton Future Hotel

New images have been created to show Chapman Taylor's innovative developed design for the Curio by Hilton Future Hotel in Chongqing, China.

Chapman Taylor won a design competition for Future Hotel organised by Chongqing Liangjiang Industry Investment Group. The 50,000m² GBA project, located at the core of Lijia Smart Experience Park, is bounded by Baiyun Mountain to the north, Baiyun Lake Park to the south and the historic Baiyunzhai forest region to the south-west. Chapman Taylor’s design takes advantage of the beautiful location to create a contextual, smart hotel for the Curio by Hilton brand which will blend nature with cutting-edge technology.

The development, which will serve business and conference guests as well as tourists, will provide visitors with a personalised experience and a smart, efficient and healthy environment. Facilities will include a banquet hall, a conference centre, a fitness centre, an art-themed, all-day dining restaurant, a Chinese restaurant and private hillside courtyard suites for VIPs. There are also beautifully landscaped common areas for events and socialising, with interactive art installations and an entrance plaza. An automated check-in service will use AI facial recognition technology, while a virtual "butler" will be assigned to the guest after check-in, recording guests' preferences and guiding them to an automated shuttle to the rooms.

The main building, which includes hotel rooms and public hotel functions, emerges from the hill at the east side of the site, offering parkland and forest views. The west side hosts VIP accommodation benefitting from views over Baiyun Lake Park. The building’s façade takes inspiration from the natural qualities of Chongqing, such as the undulating ridgeline, the waterfalls, the mists and the sea of clouds, with a contemporary reinterpretation of the area’s traditional architectural vernacular. The scheme’s entrance plaza features a calm reflection pool, accentuating the simplicity and transparency of the lobby and banquet space to render an intimate and tranquil arrival experience.

The hillside guest buildings will be visually discreet, forming an undulating architectural skyline which will complement the mountain ridge and ensuring uninterrupted views from the lake to the mountain. Buildings will be arranged on stepped terraces following the line of the terrain, which will maximise visual access to the beautiful scenery to achieve a sense of nature fully interacting with the buildings.

The design ensures that the buildings will be integrated sensitively with the natural environment and will reference the area’s architectural heritage to create a sense of the scheme being visually in synergy with the rolling hills and the mountain clouds.

Johnny Jiang (MArch MDA (Master of Design Arts))

Director, Shanghai

Johnny has considerable experience in architectural design in both Germany and China and has led many important, large-scale urban design projects, including both architectural and interior design.

He plays a leading role in some of the Shanghai studio’s most significant urban design projects, and is skilled at combining innovative concepts with the requirements of China's market and the local context. Johnny’s leadership during the construction process, and his strict control of project quality, have been widely praised by clients and partners.

Johnny joined Chapman Taylor’s Shanghai studio as a Director in November 2018.

Areas of expertise:

Architecture / Interior Design / Urban Design / Masterplanning / Mixed-use

Enran Zhang (BArch (Hons), MArch)

Architect, Shanghai

Enran received her Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) degree (ARB/RIBA Part I) at the University of Nottingham, and her Master of Architecture degree (ARB/RIBA Part II) at the University of Manchester.

Having worked in London and Shanghai for two years on prestigious Central London and Chinese mixed-use projects, she joined Chapman Taylor’s Shanghai studio in November 2018. Enran is also Honorary Secretary of the RIBA China Chapter.

Enran has strong conceptual design skills and expertise in parametric design. Within the Shanghai studio, Enran has participated in multiple high-profile architectural and masterplanning projects. She is currently the Project Coordinator for the Curio Chongqing Future Hotel, which will open in 2023.

Areas of expertise: Concept Design / Design Development / Parametric Design / Mixed-Use / Project Coordination

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