Interior design firm Bilkey Llinas Design completed the interior design and fit-out of the Westin Nanjing, China. The property has become the latest addition in the 30-year portfolio for this design team in China.
BLD worked with the operator Starwood. In the case of the lobby, keeping a light and airy ambience was challenging because there were no windows at that end of the building. The lobby is on the 23rd floor and features two distinct areas, the reception and the all-day-dining restaurant Seasonal Tastes.
The lack of natural light for the lobby was compensated by the decorative use of lighting, as well as the choice of material selection including light travertine marble to bring out the lightness and then using darker tones and spot lighting to draw attention to certain features, such as the reception and the decorative elements behind the reception desk.
The materials used flow through the two separate spaces on the lobby floor, creating a transition into the 150-seat all-day-dining restaurant and the lobby lounge. Here, features include the buffet show kitchen units and full-length windows. The dining restaurant has a private dining room set against the windows with views of the lake and mountains. BLD designed it to contrast with the rest of the venue using a dark timber finish on the walls with mirrors.
The Chinese restaurant, Five Sen5es, is located on the ninth floor. BLD designed this venue using a palette of natural materials. Features include wall panels that have organic forms etched out with gold leaf, and flooring using custom-made carpet reminiscent of Chinese ink paintings. The restaurant has eight private dining rooms that are configured to seat six to 12 guests. Each private room is unique from the others.
Guestroom sizes range from 452 square feet to 1,808 square feet, consisting of deluxe, executive club, executive suites, one-bedroom suites and a 4,069 square-foot presidential suite situated on the 35th floor. The geometry of the building influenced the layout of the rooms, particularly the zigzag angles of some of the guestroom windows that allowed views into the neighboring rooms. BLD tackled this potential issue by placing the mini bar in a freestanding pedestal that blocked most of the invasive view into the other rooms acting as a visual barrier.
Also used were a light palette of colors used in the design of the custom carpeting in the main bedrooms and light colored marble flooring in the vestibule and bathrooms. In contrast to the rest of the property, BLD designed the spa to have more organic and curvilinear elements. Features include the use of natural stone and wood combined with light features and the use of natural light from the windows.
The ballroom on the ninth floor has access to a terrace on the podium with the views of the lake and the mountains, and is 5,700 square feet. BLD also designed additional amenities that include a full-service business center, executive lounge, indoor heated swimming pool and WestinWORKOUT gym.