LTW Designworks, the award-winning interior design studio behind some of the world’s most iconic hospitality projects, unveils the design of the newly-opened Grand Hyatt Xi’an. LTW was commissioned to design the hotel’s public areas, restaurants, ballroom and meeting facilities, spa and wellness center, and all 396 guestrooms and suites. The hotel follows recent Grand Hyatt properties also designed by LTW in Sanya, Dalian and Changsha.
Known as one of the “Four Great Ancient Capitals of China” together with Nanjing, Luoyang and Beijing, Xi’an served as the eastern entrance of the Silk Road trading route, connecting the Han Dynasty in China to the western world. LTW drew its inspiration from the Silk Road’s rich history, enduring spirit and multi-cultural handicrafts to create the bold, contemporary interiors of the hotel.
LTW referenced the Chinese idiom “大鹏展翅” (‘a great hawk spreads its wings’) to create a strong and iconic motif that symbolizes hope, success and new beginnings. This is manifested in the hotel’s dramatic double-height reception lobby which is enveloped by a feather-like sculptural white feature wall with curving vertical lines that extends 10 meters high, and patterned timber walls forming wing-like motifs. A faceted glass façade was also created to play upon the architectural angles, allowing the interior to create a seamless synergy with the architectural design. Two bubble lifts were wrapped with curved laser-cut metal screens with imagery depicting ancient Chinese palaces, bringing guests up to their rooms.
The deserts along the Silk Road extend to the event spaces, where the grand curved staircase in the pre-function area depicts the beauty and motion of desert sand dunes. The expansive, grandiose space offers a more abstract yet sophisticated take on event planning; to satisfy both the practical and aesthetic requirements of this area, curved LED screens create an enhanced experience, whether they are displaying abstracted desert images or personalised visual effects to accommodate any occasion, as well as allowing people outside the hotel to view the graphic wall from the street. The interior of the oval-shaped Grand Ballroom takes on a more artistic approach compared to the sculptural composition of the spaces outside. Taking the spotlight is the chandelier hanging from the dome ceiling, crafted from hundreds of hand-blown glass petals that twinkle softly beneath the glow from the wraparound screens that allow 360-degree image projection within the ballroom.
The iconic sky bridge houses the hotel’s multiple F&B outlets, including the Western all-day dining and the contemporary Chinese restaurant, sitting at opposite ends of the bridge not unlike the Silk Road itself. The all-day Grand Café mimics a bustling and thriving marketplace with open, interactive marble counters set amidst wooden tables and chairs, plush leather banquettes and custom artwork. The signature Chinese specialty restaurant, Chang’an Bridge, is a modern interpretation of Shaanxi culture with a palette consisting of geometric metal screens with ruby accents, grid patterned carpets in hues of grey, white and muted orange, and circular ceiling details resembling traditional Chinese roof construction. Beyond these are the private dining rooms, where a stunning art piece symbolizing the rich wildlife along the Silk Road is installed along the corridor.
The hotel’s guestrooms and suites are designed with a bright and modern ambience. LTW utilized varying shades of ochre, off-white and tan to highlight the upholstered furniture, walls and millwork, creating a welcoming palette within the contemporary room. Inspired by the phenomenon of mirages, headboard panels depict traditional Chinese pavilions only partially, being slightly obscured by offset and overlapping motifs like a dream. Notably, the design layout of the twin rooms is intended to provide separate spaces for two individuals, with the beds against upholstered walls and separate washing and dressing areas on each side.
Contrary to the theme of deserts along the Silk Road, the hotel’s spa reflects an oasis amidst the dry lands. Sun-bleached timber is paired against the main palette of soothing greens to represent rest and relaxation, while the accents of orange and yellow on the custom furniture add vibrant touches to the space, symbolizing wellness and rejuvenation.
With cleverly adapted references to the rich heritage of the area complementing modern design details, the unique spaces in Grand Hyatt Xi’an portray the history of the Silk Road through sleek custom-made furnishings, eclectic motifs and thoughtful, modern details that define its sense of place. Through this project, LTW once again crafts a compelling narrative boasting the unique cultural identity of the region.