Project designed while in RMJK-HK as Design Director
The site location for the Four Seasons Hotel Development requires consideration of five facades, the fifth being the roof plane with its fifty-meter (50 m) height limit and the juxtaposition of the high-rise buildings immediately to the South and their overlooking of the site.
The pier upon which this development will be located brings with it a unique opportunity to develop an iconic marking of this place and its relationship to the sea beyond and the city to its South.
The proximity to the Dalian Conference Centre and its powerful forms suggest an approach that while bringing iconic outcomes does not attempt to compete with the Centre, but to bring sophisticated, sculptural form to the Dalian Waterfront, that will develop a new destination along the waterfront promenade.
In consideration of these thoughts, the approach emerges to create
a jewel like representation with multi-faceted surfaces that can contain the varying functions of the development behind a unifying expression to the five faces. The reflectivity of these surfaces will bring the sea and the sky to engage with the form its colorization, and the jewel like expression that celebrates this place.
The development comprises four major components: a six-star Hotel, Residential Condominiums, Townhouse Villa and a Yacht Club.
This proposition does not have a back or a front, but develops a three dimensional beautiful object that contributes to the importance of the Dalian Seafront, and the commitment to Dalian as a twenty first century city for China.