The DNA: The Netherlands based Mecanoo was tasked with conceiving The Place brand’s 179-room Taipei outpost in the Nangang district, which draws inspiration from the local tea production tradition. “The approach of people, place, and purpose was applied at different scales, from the design concept to the detailing of furniture and graphic elements,” says firm architect Yuli Huang. The hotel’s arrival area on the 10th floor also functions as a traditional Taiwanese teahouse. Curtains separate different spaces of the arrival lobby, fully opening up during peak days and partitioning it off with overlapping layers of fabric during downtime. Nods to the tea-making process appear throughout, including in corridor carpet that evokes the terrace plantation landscape and a color palette that mimics the bright yellow shades of Pouchong tea.
✅free Wi-Fi • size matters: 179 rooms & suites (23-48m2) (248-517 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2019 • interior design: Mecanoo • parking possible on-site (charged) • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible