CHICAGO—Goettsch Partners (GP), along with China Resources Land Limited, recently celebrated the grand opening of the Grand Hyatt Dalian. This GP-designed, 44-story, 370-key hotel is located in China’s northeastern coastal city of Dalian, on the Yellow Sea and adjacent to Xinghai Square park.
“From the outset of the project, we had one simple goal,” stated Paul De Santis, LEED AP, principal at GP. “Every room should have a view of the sea.” The resulting tower shape is triangular to ensure that all bays receive southern light as well as views of the coastline, according to GP. Additionally, the arcing north facade and rounded corners of the tower help to divert the prevailing winds in both summer and wintertime conditions, minimizing the structural impact on the tower.
The hotel floors are stacked below the serviced apartment levels, enabling the core to telescope and creating the architectural portal along the north facade. The tower’s facade is composed of floor-to-ceiling, high-performance glazing to maximize the views, and horizontal metallic sunshades are sized for solar protection and privacy. The tower sits atop a four-level podium clad in limestone, stainless steel and high-transparency glass.
The podium also employs a series landscaped roofs and terraces, which provide outdoor amenities. “Above all, the tower planning and material selections are intended to be functional and timeless—not decorative or fashionable,” said De Santis.
The podium houses large banquet, meeting, dining, fitness and spa facilities. Hotel guests and visitors arrive at the complex by ascending a vehicular ramp to a second-level driving court and landscaped plaza that separates the main entrance from the activity surrounding Xinghai Square. This private plaza leads to a second-level lobby with views of the Yellow Sea to the south. From the multi-storied lobby, all amenities are accessible. The all-day dining restaurant is located on the first level, with direct access to landscaped gardens and the beachfront. Banquet facilities are stacked along the eastern edge of the site with a separate drop-off area and lobby. The terraces and pre-function areas for both ballrooms are oriented specifically to maximize views of Xinghai Square. The fitness and spa programs sit atop the podium and are oriented to assure direct sun exposure for both the pool and the large outdoor terraces in the afternoon, according to the firm. The top two levels of the tower feature a signature restaurant.
In total, the new Grand Hyatt Dalian features 28 suites, 84 serviced apartments, two ballrooms, meeting facilities, three restaurants, a spa, indoor swimming pool, fitness center and 225 parking spaces.