Park Hyatt Guangzhou opens in bamboo-inspired mixed-use tower

Goettsch Partners completed the R&F Yingkai Square mixed-use tower, featuring the Park Hyatt Guangzhou hotel, in Guangzhou, China.

Developed by R&F Properties Co. and located in the new city center of Zujiang, the 296-meter tower has 66 stories and 174,500 square meters (1,878,302 square feet) and is currently the seventh tallest completed building in Guangzhou, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. The building has 114,500 square meters (1,232,465 square feet) of office space and 10,000 square meters (107,639 square feet) of retail, in addition to the 208-key Park Hyatt at the top, with hotel interiors designed by Tokyo-based firm Super Potato.

The project is one of 11 Hyatts completed by Goettsch Partners, and marks its first for the luxury Park Hyatt brand.

The building is part of a larger master plan of mixed-use towers. The form of the tower was inspired by bamboo plants, as seen in the building’s asymmetrically carved corners, as well as the veining of vertical strips on the façade. The strips compress and stretch as they rise, starting more dense at the base to enhance the sense of gravity. The hotel occupies the building's uppermost floors, with office space below, and subway connections below.

The hotel drop-off and arrival area has neutral palette punctuated by sculptures.

An infinity-edge pool on level 60 runs the length of one side of the building, overlooking the panoramic views of the Guangzhou skyline. An outdoor roof garden on level 70 offers similar views while providing a space for dining.

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