John Portman & Associates designs Qingpu Liantang Hotel Project

John Portman & Associates (Portman) announced the firm’s appointment by the Shanghai Jiuzhou Group Company to provide the architectural concept design for the Qingpu Liantang Hotel Project, a new destination resort hotel in the canal town of Liantang, located in the Qingpu district of Shanghai.

The project site is surrounded by conservation forest and waterways that have been a mode of transportation for centuries, enabling a marriage of architecture and landscape. The canal is an integral part of the overall project as one of the main means of circulation.

The 484,375-square-foot hotel, vehicular loop road, waterway bridges and pedestrian paths allow for multiple layers of sensory experiences and access to currently unreachable areas of the site. A variety of apartment type hotel units are clustered along the loop road and are designed to look like a series of smaller buildings gathered together like a village in the landscape. The sequences of spaces along the vehicular path are inspired by images of the Chinese water dragon.

Additionally, 107,639 square feet of commercial space will be developed to anchor the northeast and northwest corners of the site. Public access to commercial amenities and hotel restaurants will be available from both the canal and the road network. Certain parts of the canal will be expanded to create pockets for docks and boathouses for the use of the residents.

Portman has worked in China for more than 30 years and has designed a number of landmarks in Shanghai and Beijing, as well as in second and third tier cities. Notable projects include Shanghai Center, Beijing Yintai Center and Hyatt Regency Hangzhou.

Portman is an architectural design firm with offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Shanghai, China. Established in 1953, Portman projects can be seen in more than 60 cities worldwide.



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