​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 45,000m² 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 conference centre, a spa and fitness centre, a restaurant and private hillside guest buildings, as well as beautifully landscaped common areas and an entrance plaza and amphitheatre for events, socialising and working. 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.

A landmark gateway building will divide the site into two parts, with the west side hosting VIP accommodation benefitting from views over Baiyun Lake Park and the east side occupied by hotel rooms with parkland and forest views. The building’s façade will make use of stone and rammed earth walls, in a contemporary reinterpretation of the area’s traditional architectural vernacular. The south façade will use interlaced glass panels and bamboo screens to create layered internal spaces and private outdoor terraces. The scheme’s entrance plaza will combine with an amphitheatre and a water curtain viewing platform to create a natural, sheltered gateway space where visitors can stop and enjoy the views.

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.

Guest buildings will incorporate clear-glass LED displays, offering visitors the ability to adjust the view based on their preferences and to use the displays for surfing the web, watching films and shows or playing games. 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.

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.

Guest buildings will incorporate clear-glass LED displays, offering visitors the ability to adjust the view based on their preferences and to use the displays for surfing the web, watching films and shows or playing games. 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 (M.Arch M.D.A (Master of Design Arts))

董事, 上海

Johnny Jiang recently joined Chapman Taylor’s Shanghai studio as a Director in November 2018. He has considerable experience in architectural design in both Germany and China and has led and participated in many important large-scale urban design projects, including both architectural and interior design.

Johnny has plays a leading role on 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.

Areas of expertise:

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

Enran Zhang (BA MA)

Architect, 上海

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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