DiShui Lake Hotel
Name of project: DiShui Lake Hotel Location: South Island Di Shui Lake, Lin Gang New Town, Shanghai Client: Confidential Features: A competition winning entry for a five star 350 bed, resort hotel to be constructed on a man made island created a perfectly circular 500 hectare lake. This lake will form the center piece of Lingang new Town, near Shanghai. The hotel will be one of the first buildings to be constructed in the New Town area and will become a landmark that represents the new town. While the client's brief called for a striking landmark, but limited the height to only 15 metres. The winning concept adopted the image of a natural form, such as a lotus flower that could be thought of as a flower floating in the lake. As the project location is near Shanghai’s Pudong international airport the form of the hotel will be seen be passengers flying into the airport. The plan form is very dramatic but also achieves a very functional hotel layout. The central drum, which contains the reception, lobby and key circulation spaces, connects the five leaves of the plan. The ‘leaves’ contain either hotel rooms, restaurant spaces or meeting rooms. The majority of back of house and car parking is contained at a basement level. Service and kitchen spaces are accommodated within a low wing that connects the conference and dining ‘leaves’. Total building area is 66,700 square metres. The external materials will be natural finishes in keeping with the landscape setting. Walls will be clad in timber with deep recessed balconies. The roof will be zinc, creating a gently curving, glittering profile when seen from afar. Status: Design development underway Shanghai project team comprises Cai Jie, Shen Yufeng, Zhang Fan, Wu Yingjie, Wu Shiwei, Cai Min, Xie Cheng, Ding Fang, Chen Yin, Ding Yijia


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