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Grand. Sexy. Contextual. The design concept is derived from a conjectural story that proudly showcases the historical riches of Wenchang woven into the fabric of a refined yet playful experience. The 432-guestroom hotel sits right smack on a tropical condition-like waterline with jungle like conditions. The project plays first chair to the environment.  Everything is open and everything is integrated into the site.  The property has all the bells and whistles of a typical 5-star luxury resort in both service and aesthetic. What differentiates itself is not necessarily what you see; it’s what you feel.  It takes a modernist approach by way of the usage of scale, the progression from dense to transparent, and the site orientation; designed into the site and not atop…all dolled up in a different dress.

Category

Hospitality

Timeline

2014-2017

Status

Completed

Location

Wengchang, China

Dane Quay’s design experience while at HBA.

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Though located in a tropical part the world, a modernist approach was taken to the entry progression. Exploiting the exterior and commanding the view, the movement between the solid (entry) and the transparent (communal) is progressively enhanced by utilizing open spaces and unobstructed glazing as if to visually reward the viewer at the end of their journey.   

All the public spaces were designed to be indicative of themselves.  But they all speak of time and place with a sensual overtone. Utilizing darker materials to enhance the contrast with the exterior, it’s all about authenticity and sensuality. 

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This guestroom has the resort feel. It’s influenced by the coastal region of Wenchang on Hainan Island. The seasons are a melody of changes in weather. A steady breeze is present throughout the year to flow with intense moods of this tropical climate.

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The perfect classic Italian moments shared between humble tones, modest motifs, exaggerated, yet simple clean lines, and handsome textures. 

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The idealism was not to plagiarize historic or typical Chinese motifs; it was to bring about a marriage of the local craft with modern resort sophistication through an abstracted balance between the ocean, the land, tradition and the experience.

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