Integrating mass in China

Tuesday 13 Nov 2007

Goettsch Partners designs the Hyatt Regency Chengdu in China

This 37-storey project occupies a full city block adjacent to a vibrant public plaza in the central business district of Chengdu. The mixed-use development integrates a 12-storey shopping center with a 25-storey Hyatt Regency hotel. Together, they provide 1,200,000 square feet of retail space, 450 guest rooms and supporting hotel amenities.The project is designed to maximize program-specific relationships within the existing urban context. By asymmetrically stacking the hotel tower above the retail podium, the design helps integrate the building’s mass with its surroundings. The orientation of the podium entry to the north creates an ideal relationship with the active urban plaza. The hotel tower, sited to the south, provides all rooms with unobstructed views and abundant natural light. The two primary masses of podium and tower are unified by a series of stepped gardens that are accessible from the hotel’s sky lobby, ballrooms and dining facilities. Cantilevered glass volumes activate the base of the building, broadcasting digital media to passersby. These contemporary “retail awnings” provide a continuous rhythm of canopies for pedestrians while further organizing the podium’s extensive signage and advertising needs.

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