• Atkins-designed Hualuxe Hotel of the Ocean Empire opens

    5 April 2018

    The Atkins-designed IHG Hualuxe Hotel of the Ocean Empire in the seaside city of Xiamen, China, opened recently. Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, was appointed as architect by developer Ronshine China.

    The hotel is also part of a larger masterplan by Atkins that includes seven residential towers. SNC-Lavalin acquired WS Atkins plc on July 3, 2017.

    With its prominent waterside location near the bridge from Xiamen Island, the hotel is highly visible from much of central Xiamen and emulates the city’s symbol of the egret in its design. The two towers seek to suggest the outstretched wings of the bird and the fins on the façade aim to reflect the quills of its feathers. This metaphor has been extended into the landscape design.

    Ian Milne, senior design director for SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business, said: “For anyone that has visited Xiamen they will know it is an enchanting, beautiful seaside city. We feel privileged to have played our part in providing a new landmark for this city and thank Mr Ou Zonghong, chairman of Ronshine China, for his original vision and his team’s dedication to the project’s delivery.” 

    The project includes 57,000 sq/m of the hotel and 34,000 sq/m of office space. Within the hotel tower are 351 bedrooms above a podium containing a 1,500 sq/m ballroom and two restaurants. At the top of the tower, enjoying wonderful views back towards Xiamen Island, is a Sky Bar that dramatically cantilevers out from the curve of the tower.

    The Hotel of the Ocean Empire is one of IHG’s first of its new Hualuxe brand, serving the Chinese traveler both at home and overseas, and will set new standards for this hotel concept across the globe. Other IHG projects that Atkins has worked on include Lingang Crowne Plaza and Huarong Zhuhai Crowne Plaza Hotel.

    Bertil de Kleynen, director of architecture at SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business, said: “We are excited to see a number of our projects simultaneously moving towards completion in cities as diverse as Xiamen, Zhuhai, Fuzhou and Chongqing. China remains one of the most exciting countries in the world for an architect to operate.”


    The 280-meter-tall Lumina Shanghai, developed by Henderson Land Group and designed by Gensler, is the tallest skyscraper in the Xuhui Riverside District.

    A sophisticated yet modern setting was derived by juxtaposition of Indochine-Vietnamese features and wood-fire inspired material palettes. Re-interpretation of the spatial order of a typical Indochine-Vietnamese mansion has been adopted to give hierarchy, layers and details to the space.


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