Location: Qingdao, China.

Architect: Wanda Hotel Design Institute.

The newly-developed movie industry park in the West Coast New Area of Qingdao now features a hotel of an appropriately theatrical nature with a gross floor area of approximately 40,000 square meters and 177 rooms. The hotel boasts a European-style exterior with arches and an ocean-inspired color scheme of white and blue. The interior design features arches and bold, streamlined shapes to create a unique visual experience. The lobby is a highlight, with a ceiling that integrates a chandelier and glass dome, exquisite jade carvings, and a glass conch pattern on opposite walls. Enameled glass is creatively used throughout the lobby lounge, VIP reception area, all-day restaurant, and elevator carriages. The hotel’s ocean theme is evident in the furnishings and lighting designs, with jellyfish-shaped pendant lamps in public spaces and shell-shaped lamps in guest rooms. The diversity in furniture color adds vibrancy to the space, and elements of waves, beaches, and shells are incorporated through paintings, inlays, and sculptures. The jade carving in the lobby captures the landscape of Qingdao with inlaid corals, shells, crystals, and glass. Overall, the hotel offers a dreamlike, stylish setting for guests to enjoy the beauty of Lingshan Bay.

Photo credit: Kimi Cai; Lei Liu.