• A History of Hospitality by Leigh & Orange

    23 May 2017

    Leigh & Orange’s lineage in hospitality design stretches back to the early 1930s when the firm completed the Gloucester Hotel in the heart of the Central Business District in Hong Kong. This was designed for renowned developer Hong Kong Land to be one of the most up-to-date and luxurious hotels in the Far East. Since then, L&O has been involved in a variety of lavish hospitality projects, such as the landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel in 1964, which is often rated the best hotel in the world.

    Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Hong Kong, 1964

    As L&O expanded their regional presence, the practice’s hospitality portfolio grew. More recent and notable projects include the City of Dreams and Studio City in Macau and Xintiandi twin hotel development in Shanghai.

    L&O’s knowledge of the hospitality industry includes hands-on experience in hospitality operations, as well as unique insights‭ ‬into the delivery of guest experience and meeting operators’ needs.

    Flexible design approaches from inside-out help deliver a successful accommodation of every unique hotel development to support the comfort of guests at work and rest.

    Tower H

    “Tower H” is a hybrid building with a blended programme of retail, serviced apartment, hotel, residential apartment, villas and a clubhouse. Situated between a low-rise development on top of an existing metro maintenance depot to the east and a major boulevard to the west, the form of Tower H frames the doorway between Qianhai district and Shenzhen City.

    The southern tower consists of residential apartments and 8 units of sky villas at the top. Whereas a 17-storey serviced apartment fills up the lower portion of the northern tower, a 250-room boutique hotel and a prestigious sky club occupy the upper portion. Through an exclusive driveway and elevated hotel drop off area on podium deck level, an intriguing spatial journey starts from the ground winding to the sky lounge at L34. This lobby lounge is linked to the sky club, featuring a restaurant in a floating glass box, an indoor swimming pool and rooftop garden. The club spans across a 50m long sky bridge, bringing in spectacular vistas of Qianhai and also forming an amalgamated gesture for the district.

    Studio City 

    Studio City, Macau, 2015

    Studio City is a Hollywood-inspired, cinematically-themed integrated resort comprising world class entertainment, gaming, luxury hotel offerings, high-end retail and food and beverage outlets, as well as unique, innovative interactive attractions. The resort’s diverse entertainment offerings include a 5,000-seat multi-purpose entertainment center designed to host live concerts, theatrical and sporting events; and a TV Studio for reality and game-show productions. The entertainment experiences also include a multi-theater magic complex to showcase the best of illusion arts and a Batman-themed 4D flight simulation ride together with a 40,000 square foot Family Entertainment Center for kids filled with the characters from Warner Bros.’ DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera Productions, Looney Tunes entertainment franchise and play-rides. Studio City’s stunning Art-Deco-inspired facade also features the iconic Golden Reel, the world’s first and Asia’s highest figure-8 Ferris wheel which raises some 130 meters high straddled between the two-tower Studio City Hotel. The hotel offers approximately 1,600 luxurious guestrooms for visitor accommodation designed in Art Deco style.  Leigh & Orange is proud to be the lead consultant involving from concept design to operation of this spectacular world class hospitality and entertainment facilities of Studio City in Macau.

    Hotel Development, Suzhou

    An exclusive 5-star resort hotel in the scenic district of Suzhou, the 48,000 sqm development is located on an island with exquisite landscape and lake views. When completed, the development consists of 203 rooms, 11 villas, restaurants, swimming pools, gym and spa facilities.

    Conceptualized as a beacon on this island, the hotel expands from the glass box entrance along principal axes to maximize the lake view. Granite, glass and timber are used lavishly on the façade with contemporary design and details.

    City of Dreams

    City of Dreams, Macau

    The project includes a spacious and contemporary casino, dedicated VIP gaming areas, four hotel towers with significant amenities, specialty attractions, experiences and entertainment venues, a world-class performance theater, F&B outlets, from casual to fine dining restaurants, expansive landscaping and waterscape features, car parking and Heart of the House facilities. The project comprises approximately 1,400 hotel rooms and suites.

    Crown Towers

    Prominently located on the northwest edge of City of Dreams, the luxurious Crown Towers offers a 6-star experience for guests seeking refinement and attention-to-detail in every aspect of their stay. Featuring about 300 guest rooms, deluxe suites and villas together with exclusive gaming, retail and spa facilities, the elliptical tower express themselves through a glass skin with randomly placed vertical fins resembling falling water while providing spectacular views of the Cotai.

    The Hotel’s vibrant facade is juxtaposed with the serenity of the pool deck. This is a magical place where guests enter a garden of refuge, away from the realities of the world and engulfed in a tranquil sensory experience that embraces the pleasure of its wonderful award-winning Crown Spa.

    Hard Rock Hotel

    The Hard Rock Hotel entertains guests’ dreams of a rock ’n’ roll lifestyle. Adjacent to the main entrance to City Of Dreams, Hard Rock Hotel has a musical edge and features 322 guest rooms including two ultra-chic and luxurious Rock Star Suites, a unique experience in a relaxed, hip and energizing environment.

    Guests can take in the stunning views of Cotai, enjoy themselves at the guitar-shaped pool, chill with a drink in one of the cabanas, or soak in the atmosphere at the pool bar, with the spiraling curved cantilever bands of the hotel as a backdrop – the ultimate place for late night parties and entertainment.

    Langham Xintiandi and Andas Shanghai

    Langham Xintiandi and Andaz Shanghai are twin hotel towers marking the gateway to XinTianDi, Shanghai, China. Accommodating 357 and 305 high-end rooms respectively, plus more than six stylistically different F&B outlets, the two 100m towers carry almost identical DNA in which Andaz Shanghai is designed to capture a young and dynamic spirit from interior to exterior while Langham Xintiandi is sophisticated and elegant.

    These twin “sisters” amalgamate contemporary architecture with the essence of Shanghai culture, illustrating the depth of design integration that responds to both the international and local architectural language. Innovations in the customer experience include a flexible extension of function facilities to bar terrace as well as a glazed floating wedding pavilion that connects with the ballroom below.

    Tianjin Kerry Shangri-La Hotel

    Altira Macau, Macau

    Located in the Hedong district of Tianjin and on the east bank of Haihe River, Tianjin Kerry Centre is one of the biggest developments in the heart of the downtown area. With a site area is 86,146sqm and 499,000 sqm in total floor area, the development incudes a retail podium, offices, apartments and a hotel. There are three apartment towers more than 200m in height, a 330m-high office tower, a hotel tower 150m in height, five floors of podium and three levels of casement for retail, parking and services. L&O is proud to be the architect and designer for the Service Apartment and completion of the schematic and detail design for all the buildings of this mega development.

    Altira Macau

    Altira Macau is one of the most prestigious 5-star hotels in Macau, situated in the heart of Taipa with spectacular views of the Macau peninsula. The project converted the existing 2-bedroom villas to four guest suites. The design is in a contemporary luxury style which seamlessly blends with the hotel’s existing world-class facilities. The interiors are fitted with custom design elements from carpet to furniture and decorative lighting. Together with a natural tonal colour theme and warm lighting, the newly converted guestrooms have created a unique, comfortable and exquisite ambience for guests to experience the impeccable tailored-made service offered by the hotel.


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