In China, hotels are built because Central Government provides local cities with the funds to build them – a fascinating concept. The Dynasty Hotel was already built when we were asked to design and document the interiors with 12 weeks from first briefing to the hand over of documentation.
To complete such an enormous task within the tight deadline, we divided the project between our three offices – the ground floor and reception areas was handled in Hong Kong, the rooms by the Bangkok office and the ballroom areas by our Vietnam office.
Our first challenge was to incorporate all these areas into a narrow space, so we decided to move the approach road and create a new glazed atrium, which would give us more flexibility and enhance the guest experience. The client loved this idea and we were given the go ahead to document.
We created a central reception area, a large reception desk towards the rear of the space and a coffee lounge in front of the reception desk, a restaurant café area and lounge space with floating ponds, and stairways to the ballroom areas. Our comprehensive documentation included lighting, furniture and material selections, and all specification was completed within the 12 week period, followed by construction and fitout carried out by local contractors.