Park Hyatt Ningbo Resort lies on the banks of Dongqian Lake, Hunan Province, China. It was developed as a luxury destination resort and conference center being 3 hours south of Shanghai.
The site contained a small picturesque community, whose preservation and incorporation into the final design layout was a guiding design principle. The masterplan used existing waterways to visually connect the residential rooms composition, as way finders, and as an example of historic Chinese construction detailing. The 226 rooms are intimately scaled villas and focus on design at a personal and individual scale. Inside the main hall, large-volume public spaces are given rhythm and grandeur by utilizing wood-clad structural columns as spatial sequencing.
Throughout the property, the existing historic architectural character was maintained and/or re-introduced in a contemporary spin, to create a connective bind between past and present.