Bold Chinese art, sophisticated detailing and consistent visitor flow are qualities that define Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ first Asia flagship property.
Photographs courtesy of Rosewood Beijing
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Having designed spaces within Park Hyatt Beijing and Shanghai, and Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, BAR Studio is no stranger to luxury hotel developments within the Asia Pacific region. Adding to its extensive portfolio of luxury hotels, Rosewood Beijing is BAR’s latest entry to the hospitality sector. Completed late 2014, the 283-room hotel is located at the Chaoyang District opposite the iconic CCTV Tower in Beijing.
Merging Chinese architectural values of balance and symmetry with a collection of traditional and contemporary art forms, Rosewood Beijing sets to reflect history and the artistic vibrancy of Beijing.
Upon arrival, the façade composed of Mongolian bluestone walls subtly deflects to the profile of a mountain found in traditional Chinese painting. Standing guard by the sides, large “Sons of Dragon” sculptures honour the arrival of guests, who proceed to an inner courtyard with lush gardens. The landscape of the hotel was created in collaboration with Bangkok-based landscape architects, PLandscape (PLA).
“The architecture and design of Rosewood Beijing is like a brilliant series of photographs, composing and framing views and experiences for each individual guest”, says Stewart Robertson, BAR Studio’s director and principal designer. Despite comprising of spaces with distinctive natures, the visitor flow at Rosewood Beijing was envisioned as a harmonious journey where guests can find pockets of inspiration in their exploration.
Within the lobby, BAR Studio introduced subtle pavilion-like silhouettes, conceptually formed by a series of courtyards and rooms with screens, columns and beams throughout the five-story space. Open portals create directional links to reception, restaurants, function spaces and the garden.
Emily de Wolfe Pettit, founder of Beijing-based Art Influential China consultancy lent her expertise to the space’s curated collection of art by local artists, selected to stir, surprise and challenge.
The atrium of the lobby entrance is enhanced by a towering painting, inspired by traditional Shan Shui landscape artworks that originate from the Song dynasty. The painting sits behind a smaller scale calligraphic sculpture that pays tribute to Qi Baishi’s iconic 1946 ink painting, A Long Life, A Peaceful World.
BAR Studio highlights furniture design as a significant element for the entire space. In the atrium, a contemporary interpretation of a Chinese console hosts a collection of books and accessories, creating the setting of an intimate residence, juxtaposing the volumes, shapes and scale of the surrounding art.
Guest rooms and suites were looked upon as private sanctuaries with contemporary furniture, ambient lighting and windows granting generous vistas of Beijing. The Manor Club, an exclusive series of residential scale spaces consists of a sitting room, library, dining house, billiard den and outdoor terrace.
The hotel’s signature restaurant, Country Kitchen, features rustic antique bricks sourced from demolished houses located in the outskirts of Beijing; tracery screens with modern interpretations of oriental patterns, as well as naïve modern art. An open kitchen forms the centre stage, where chefs whip out Northern Chinese specialties.
“The idea of Beijing as a series of inner sanctuaries within a striking, impervious grey shell is central to the concept of the architecture and landscape of Rosewood Beijing. The design explores the notion of moving beyond the hard exterior to find an interior world that is something else; something unique, rich and unexpected,” Robertson concludes.