Four Seasons Hotel, Guangzhou
FOUR SEASONS HOTELS & RESORTS
Date Completed: 1969 - December
Challenging perceptions of hotel design, HBA sets a new benchmark for avant-garde with the Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou. Remarkable for both its soaring height and contemporary design, the hotel rises 103 stories above the Pearl River. The project is architecturally dramatic for its triangular tower, diagonal lattice and soaring, 30-floor-high atrium. From the ground floor, guests take dedicated express elevators to the 70th floor lobby, where a dramatic three-meter red steel sculpture by Australian artist Matthew Harding. The incredible naturally-lit atrium, surrounded by restaurants and rooms above, is higher than the top of St. Paul's Cathedral in London and New York's Statue of Liberty. The intricate textured screen made of woven metal wraps around the interior of the sky-high lobby. In a subtle reference to the hotel brand, the screen is themed around the four seasons, from spring in the basement to fall in the upper reaches. The architect created amazing spaces for HBA to work with and this building stands out as a new design icon for both Guangzhou and for the Four Seasons brand.