The novelty of architecture’s fish net façade appears ever more unique among the mediocracy of surrounding buildings. This is China Merchants Property Development (CMPD)’s first investment in a five star hotel. Throughout the design and construction phases, designers have put in extra efforts to merge and combine CMPD’s hundred years of history with Conrad’s modern characteristics. The details of design are also expected to reveal to its most incisive and vivid through lighting. Between the flow of lights and shadows, eastern aesthetics cleverly reserves within the distinctiveness of every decorative detail. Among the main lobbies’ story telling ink painting screens, the Japanese restaurant’s traditional nostalgic elevation profile, and the Chinese restaurant’s charming silk textured walls; lighting design have created a passage between past and future, given Conrad a unique soul.
"Living architecture" seeks to embeds itself within the fabric of the rectilinear city much as a plant rises through the crack of a concrete sidewalk.
This platinum five-star hotel sits at a busy corner at the east 3rd ring road of CBD district; it is the most modernized district in Beijing. The exterior facade is a neural network that reacts to the interior grid structure. The softly undulating surface expresses the organic vitality of man-made structure. It moves sinuously as it reaches towards the sky.
MAD's design represents the subtle invasion of nature into our built landscape, softening the rigidity of efficient and anonymous structures. To the south of the hotel lies a rare piece of serene nature, the Tuanjiehu Park. The Conrad Hotel serves as a transition between this natural paradise and an otherwise urban and built-up terrain. The mutation of the form breaks the monotony of the city, adding fresh energy and raising the expectation of what one can hope for urbanity.
With its changing curves, the window openings shape the rooms into bright and soft caves. Being in the space, people not only experience the protection that architecture naturally provides, but it is as if they are in a silvery future world. From here, you overlook the city from the eyes of future, surveying at the past that set in the various styles of architectures.