Skidmore, Owings and Merrill designs Mandarin Oriental, Shenzhen

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it signed an agreement to manage a luxury hotel in Shenzhen, Southern China.

Mandarin Oriental, Shenzhen, which is slated to open in 2017, will form part of the Shum Yip’s UpperHills mixed use project. This development will comprise office towers, a residential complex, retail and outdoor space and parkland.  Shum Yip’s UpperHills is located minutes away from Futian Central Business District, the financial center of the city, and is close to the main custom and immigration checkpoint to Hong Kong.

Located on the top of a 400 meter tower, the property will feature 190 rooms including 17 suites, with views of the city skyline and the surrounding city parks. Hotel accommodation will be designed in contemporary style, taking full advantage of the property’s vistas. Design elements will be influenced by the group’s oriental heritage. Guests will also have access to an exclusive executive club lounge.

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Mandarin Oriental, Shenzhen will have a selection of restaurants and bars to choose from, including a sky-high rooftop specialty restaurant and bar, a Chinese restaurant with private dining rooms, an all-day dining venue, lobby lounge and a signature Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop.

The hotel will also offer a 1,000 square meter (10,764 square foot) grand ballroom and an 830 square meter (8,934 square foot) junior ballroom, plus a variety of multi-purpose function spaces. There is also the 1,200 square meter (12,917 square foot) Spa at Mandarin Oriental, and it will feature six treatment suites. The hotel will also offer fitness facilities including a heated indoor swimming pool.

The developer of the UpperHills project is Shum Yip Land Co Ltd , a subsidiary of Shenzhen Investment Limited, which is a Hong Kong publicly listed company.  The US based international architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, has been appointed as master planner and architect.