Swire Hotels opened The Temple House in Chengdu, China. The property – which followed the launch of The Opposite House in Beijing and The Upper House in Hong Kong – is the third property from The House Collective. Located within the Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu, the hotel was jointly developed by Swire Properties and Sino-Ocean Land.
Designed by architectural firm Make Architects, the 100-room hotel and its 42 adjoining serviced apartments form a part of the city government’s project to preserve the surrounding traditional courtyards next to the Daci Temple. The three-dimensional woven façade combines modern design with traditional Chengdu architectural elements of timber, brick and step stones. Bamboo trees frame the hotel’s entrance, which is set in a restored 100-year-old Chinese courtyard building first built during the Qing Dynasty.
The hotel has a typical Siheyuan, or “courtyard house” design, with a sequence of courtyard gardens bordered by two L-plan buildings that house the hotel rooms and apartments. A Qing Dynasty heritage building is the anchor and entrance point for the hotel.
For dining, The Temple House has The Temple Café, the all-day dining restaurant; Tivano, an Italian restaurant; and Jing Bar that has live DJs. These outlets were designed by AvroKo.
Located in the renovated Chinese courtyard is SPA Mi Xun. The spa includes 11 treatment areas and a gentleman’s barbershop. There is also a gift shop and teahouse at Mi Xun.
Mark Passmore is the GM of The Temple House.
Swire Hotels is also set to open a new hotel called East, in Miami in Q4 2015.