The PuXuan Hotel Beijing

The PuXuan Hotel & Spa | Beijing

district: Dongcheng

On the northeastern edge of Bejiing’s Forbidden City is the 116-room PuXuan Hotel and Spa, a new sensory-driven property from operator Urban Resort Concept that explores the intersection between contemporary luxury design and timeless appeal. That’s fitting considering it is the brainchild of innovative German architect Ole Scheeren and sits on the upper levels of the Guardian Art Center, a hybrid development that houses a museum, gallery, and an auction house.

“While it is clearly very contemporary, it is a building that embeds and resonates with a lot of Chinese historic meaning,” Scheeren says about the modern monolith. Made of two stacked volumes, the top, which is home to the hotel, is a glass brick ring-like box built around a central courtyard. Meanwhile, “the bottom portion of the building is a series of tube-like pixels that are perforated with an abstracted filter of the Chinese landscape, so all of these circular openings introduce a softness to the otherwise very cubic volumes,” Scheeren explains.

Inside, the streamlined interiors are a lesson in fluidity. “Each floor has its own unique quality and spatial feeling that is not understood from the exterior of the building or from floor to floor,” says Andy Hall, design director at Shanghai- and Hong Kong-based firm MQ Studio. Consider the fourth-floor lobby, which wraps the courtyard. Here “glimpses of the upper levels appear and then disappear from view” for an unexpected surprise, he points out.

One of the multiple F&B options, French restaurant Rive Gauche mixes Paris flea market finds with olive green seating and brass light fixtures that evoke a traditional Parisian bistro. Elsewhere, an impressive illuminated elevator ushers guests to either the tranquil spa (a masculine-informed space on levels five and seven that is formed by bent timbers, jet-black carbon fiber, aluminum, and leather) or the PuXuan Club located within the eighth-floor’s central courtyard. Divided into two spaces, the 24-hour area boasts a kitchen, stately library with floor-to-ceiling bookcases, commissioned artworks, fireplaces, and a handful of private meeting rooms. It’s an intimate apartment that feels just like home.

The PuXuan Hotel Beijing
The glass-bricked PuXuan Hotel and Spa sits atop the Guardian Arts Center, defined by perforated, pixel-like cubes, the handiwork of architect Ole Scheeren.
The PuXuan Hotel Beijing
Luxe craftsmanship begins at the lobby’s arrival area, where modern furnishings pair with a strong material palette.
The PuXuan Hotel Beijing
The lobby lounge acts as the central artery of the hotel thanks to a mix of curated seating areas.
The PuXuan Hotel Beijing
A dramatically lit staircase unites the two floors of UR Spa, where bent timbers meet jet-black carbon fiber and aluminum.
The PuXuan Hotel Beijing
Brushed black stainless steel doors reveal the private dining room inside traditional Chinese restaurant Fu Chun Ju.
The PuXuan Hotel Beijing
The PuXuan Club’s lounge and library provide a residential feel with soft furnishings and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.
The PuXuan Hotel Beijing
The PuXuan Club’s lounge and library provide a residential feel with soft furnishings and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.
The PuXuan Hotel Beijing
The formal dining room of French restaurant Rive Gauche is outfitted with brass fixtures, paneled walls, and eclectic art.
The PuXuan Hotel Beijing
Light wood swathes a suite’s living room, where rattan screens can be drawn for added privacy.
The PuXuan Hotel Beijing
The PuXuan Hotel Beijing
The PuXuan Hotel Beijing

From: Hospitality Design

✅ free Wi-Fi • 116 rooms & suites (40-220m2) • hotel opened: February 2019 • architecture: Ole Scheeren • interior design: MQ Studio (Hong Kong) • parking possible on-site (charged) • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk

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