Situated in the heart of Shenzhen’s Futian business district, the Park Hyatt Shenzhen is located on the 15 upper most levels of a 48-story glass and steel tower, which was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), and within walking distance of the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center, as well as a slew of shopping and entertainment destinations. However, when Toronto- and New York-based design studio Yabu Pushelberg began imagining the project, they conceived a calm environment within the bustling and ever-growing modern metropolis.
“We wanted to convey the original identity of the city, which was quiet and more casual,” says firm cofounder Glenn Pushelberg, “so our approach was to create a 5-Star hotel that was a little less formal and more intimate. These spaces open into grander spaces, which makes the hotel a bit more approachable.”
The scope of the project included designing the hotel’s four F&B outlets, lobby, meeting rooms, spa, pool, and fitness center, as well as each of its 195 guestrooms and suites. The accommodations were conceived as home-away-from-home sanctuaries that feature subtle contemporary Chinese detailing found in artwork, lantern-style pendant lighting, and minibars that resemble modern Chinese cabinets.
As for the public spaces, the designers created “a series of rooms rather than big spaces that may feel too pretentious for the context,” explains firm cofounder George Yabu. “We manipulated the spaces within the Park Hyatt to generate a polished ambiance while remaining true to the history of the region.” The series of rooms are offset, so that when a guest peers through the doorway, they only see a glimpse of the next chamber, and the team was not shy about playing up the ceiling height of the structure. “Great height emphasizes power and grandeur,” Yabu continues, “so we compressed and expanded spaces to manipulate the volume. Plus, it’s a theatrical sleight of hand we did to create mystery and energy to drive further curiosity to see what’s around the next corner or bend. It was all intentional.”
The team’s attention to detail is applied to the interior color and material scheme, too. “Soothing neutral shades not only tie to the city’s origins as a quiet village, but also lend themselves to a more casual and relaxed experience,” says Pushelberg. “Lighting aids in moving guests through sequential spaces and introduces a rhythm to the experience through high and low notes.”
from: Hospitality Design
✅ free Wi-Fi • 195 rooms • hotel opened: 2019 • architecture: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) • interior design: Yabu Pushelberg ✅ free parking on-site • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk