Wilson Associates designs Renaissance Xi’an Hotel in China

Wilson Associates designs Renaissance Xi’an Hotel in China.
The design team drew inspiration from the geometric configurations of the classic Chinese game, Tangram, which consists of seven varied geometric shapes forming various patterns. Photo credit: Wilson Associates

Interior architecture design firm Wilson Associates has completed the Renaissance Xi’an Hotel, a property located in the city of Xi’an. The design team drew inspiration from the geometric configurations of the classic Chinese game, Tangram, which consists of seven varied geometric shapes forming various patterns. This motif is carried throughout the property, from the architecture, furniture pieces, art in the public spaces, guest accommodations and food and beverage outlets.

According to Aldwin Ong, design principal of Wilson Associates’ Singapore studio, the team incorporated small details in every space for guests to discover the atmosphere to entice them to further explore the city.

The communal areas in the multifunctional lobby are defined by various geometric shapes influenced by Tangram set pieces or other traditional games. A suspended staircase is encased by oversized abacus beads, and lounge seating comes together in various Tangram shapes. A separate studio contains a semi-private room with a solid wood game table adorned with board games.  

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Renaissance Xi’an Hotel has 396 guestrooms and suites with curated furnishings and fixtures mixed with jewel tones and bold shapes. The design team added touches of Chinese-inspired decor, such as figurines from games, and integrated Tangram forms in the headboard panel. The bathrooms include a standalone soaking tub, glass encased shower enclosure, single vanity with a bowl sink, and an articulated washboard towel shelf.

The Presidential Suite, located on the 26th floor, is the largest accommodation at the hotel. It can function as a residential suite or leased as a lounge for corporate use. The furniture pieces can be moved and converted to suit the needs of the guest. 

For dining, the property’s F&B outlets include: Si Specialty Restaurant, which public, semi-private and private dining areas; Wan Li Chinese Restaurant, a space inspired by traditional Chinese musical instruments; and the all-day dining Food Studio, which has a layered design of an open kitchen.

For events, the property has nearly 26,000 square feet of flexible space. A pillarless ballroom, which can be divided into three separate spaces, covers an area of 4,090 square feet. The ballroom’s 32-foot ceiling resembles a Tangram puzzle, doubles as artwork by itself and as an acoustic damper for the space.

There is also an indoor swimming pool that brings the outdoors inside with design elements associated with an outdoor courtyard; and daybeds situated near the corner of the pool engulfed in three enlarged structures inspired by small bird cages typically seen at outdoor Tai Chi parks. Other Chinese-inspired elements include the stone shower tower that recreates the look of a Wing Chun martial arts wooden stand. Located nearby is the fitness center. Both the indoor pool and fitness center share changing rooms.

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