Global interior design firm HBA revealed a “locally inspired” interior design for the new Hyatt Regency Chongqing, launching the Hyatt Regency brand in western China. Said to be unique to its location, HBA’s Hyatt Regency Chongqing pays homage to Chongqing's cultural and historical attractions, combined with its river-crossed mountains.
Thematically, HBA’s design concept was done to fit within the framework of the steeply hilly territory. The property is located in Jiangbei District, overlooking the Jialing River and, in the far distance, rows of terraced houses and commercial buildings that climb the hills.
The lobby palette consists of tooled stones with natural patterns, Seppiagianti marble flooring, two tones of warm natural honey walnut and black walnut wood accented with metal finishes. To further established the sense of the place, nods are given to two of the Chongqing ’s historical sites. The lobby walls, for example, are art features in themselves, tiled with porcelain. This installation references Ci Qi Kou, the fabled “ancient porcelain village" known as the center of porcelain productions during the Ming Dynasty.
Farther into the lobby stands an over 26-foot bamboo motif city gate, which opens into the hotel’s private areas. This gate pays homage to the several ancient city gates that afforded entry into the city, one of which still stands today. To bridge the gate into contemporary times, HBA’s version is adorned with hundreds of hanging strands of LED fiber optics.
The food and beverage level comprises both an art gallery and a meeting hub, styled around the Chongqing shop house tradition. The Porcelain House, Ceramic House, Wood House and Stone House are named after the materials used by local artisans to finish the walls.
The property’s guestrooms offer a mountain retreat, using the natural elements of stone and wood in linear shapes. In effect, the crispness of high technology is softened with organic patterns.
Established in 1965, HBA has over 900 designers around the globe in 16 offices and a recent expansion in Asia. The firm was honored in 2012 by the Hospitality Design Awards and Gold Key Awards, and in 2011 by the Perspective Awards, the Boutique Design Awards and the European Hotel Design Awards.