Following the launch of The Opposite House in Beijing and The Upper House in Hong Kong, Swire Hotels is set to unveil its third House, The Temple House, in Chengdu, in the fourth quarter of 2014. The hotel will be located in the heart of the city, within the Chengdu Daci Temple Cultural and Commercial Complex, a project jointly developed by Sino-Ocean Land and Swire Properties.
Designed by UK-based architects Make Architects, the 100-room hotel and its 42 adjoining serviced apartments form a part of the city government’s conservation project to preserve the surrounding heritage buildings next to the thousand-year-old Daci Temple. The three-dimensional woven façade combines modern design with the traditional Chengdu architectural elements of timber, brick and step stones. Bamboo trees frame the hotel’s entrance, which is set in a restored hundred-year-old Chinese courtyard building first built in the Qing Dynasty.
Although Chinese Emperors have previously stayed at the Daci Temple, The Temple House evokes the modest houses provided for scholars who came from different parts of the world to study at the temple. The hotel continues this tradition of by creating understated luxury experiences.
Swire Hotels was created to manage urban hotels in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the UK.
The Opposite House, Beijing, opened in 2008 and was followed by The Upper House, above Pacific Place, Hong Kong, in October 2009. The Temple House will open in Q4, 2014 in Chengdu.
Swire Hotels opened a 345-room lifestyle business hotel called EAST, Hong Kong in Hong Kong’s Island East, on 25 January 2010. EAST, Beijing with 369 rooms, located within INDIGO in Jiangtai, opened in September 2012.
Swire Hotels also launched a new collection of locally inspired hotels in the heart of great British towns and cities called Chapter Hotels. The first hotel in the collection, The Montpellier Chapter, Cheltenham opened in 2010. The second hotel, The Magdalen Chapter, Exeter opened in June 2012.
Chengdu Daci Temple Cultural and Commercial Complex is a 2,710,000-square-foot mixed-use development located in the heart of Jinjiang District, south of Dacisi Road, east of Shamao Street and close to the Chunxi Road shopping area. The project comprises an over 1,140,000-square-foot open-plan low-rise retail mall; a 100-room urban hotel, The Temple House, managed by Swire Hotels; 42 serviced apartments; as well as a 47-storey Grade A office tower, Pinnacle One. The complex will be accessible from the interchange station of Metro Lines 2 and 3.
Scheduled for a phased opening from 2014 onwards, Chengdu Daci Temple Cultural and Commercial Complex is a joint-venture between Swire Properties Limited and Sino-Ocean Land Holdings Limited.