MeeHotel, a new urban resort hotel in the city of Shenzhen, China, aims to provide business travelers with a peaceful state. The project location is called “Bamboo Forest”, so the design team naturally generated the story from this name.
Starting from the lobby, bamboo was selected as the key material and contributes to a lobby space that greets visitors with sophisticated light and shadow effects on the main wall. Various on-site tests & experiments with traditional bamboo weaver were done to create full height screens to define the reception and lobby lounge areas. A pitched roof ceiling and natural diatom mud finished walls, overlaid by articulated light and shadow effects, provide a minimalist leisure experience for the entire space.
Double height central courtyards were introduced on every two guest-room floors. A reflective lake with a bamboo installation of dancing curves falls naturally, as if clouds are floating in the air. This ceiling-hung structure, produced in consultation with bamboo masters, is curved by making use of its natural elasticity and traditional connection method. Guests will experience the feeling of passing through an abstract bamboo forest before arriving at their rooms.
Sky Café is located on the top floor and is a zen and church-like space constructed as a full height bamboo structure. A skylight above allows natural light to descend through the middle of the seating area during the daytime. Ceiling suspended circular LED lights form a set of endless glowing moons, providing guests with a poetic nighttime experience.
The bamboo and rattan applied to all guestroom headboards are in the same pattern as those in the lobby, but with different dimensions and thickness. Floated by concealed lights, it aims to provide guests with a peaceful environment and an elegant atmosphere.
Not just another boutique hotel project, PANORAMA Design Group adds a layer of traditional culture to a hotel space providing relaxing and comfortable journeys in more meaningful ways. By celebrating the unique quality of bamboo, from the architectural to the interior levels, we continue to promote and allow business travelers to appreciate the beauty of traditional handicrafts that may otherwise have been ignored. It can ultimately form aesthetic, functional, and cultural enhancement in our busy urban lives.
Inspired by the unique spatial characters of Hong Kong, PANORAMA’s design team adopts boundary-crossing strategies to produce new propositions and unique experiences for different typologies of “multi-purpose/composite spaces”, responding to Asia’s rapid-changing lifestyles. These propositions are developed from well-considered user research, location-based importance, market trends, budget requirements, and operations for every size and type. Each environment is assured of a dynamic, vibrant, and unique character in its own right.
Photographer: GD Media, POPO VISION