“Portman was tasked to develop a unique concept design for 1,200 hotel rooms with an exciting pedestrian environment between the existing Expo buildings. The prime location presented a great opportunity to have a significant impact on the visual identity for the area.
We proposed a cluster of hotels that would become uniquely linked, creating a synergy and providing a variety of public spaces. Creating experiential spaces motivated this design. At ground level, there’s a lively street scene with water fountains, trees and trailing vines. The podium canopy roof is punctured for streaming sunlight and alcoves, courtyards and intimate seating areas acknowledge human scale. The landscaping continues throughout with water flowing through channels, over walls and down courtyards. Flowers and greenery line nearly every open space to create a multi-dimensional journey of discovery. Atop the podium, the serene dichotomy between urban and pastoral continues as organic hotel building forms seem to sprout from this “garden in the sky”.
To capture the views of the Huangpu River and skyline, we created roof garden levels that become the Garden Lobby Level for all four hotels. The building orientation, waste management, lighting and material selection among other factors all combine to make this complex a powerful statement for green design.”