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John Portman & Associates to Design Qingpu Liantang Hotel

SHANGHAI, CHINA—Atlanta-based John Portman & Associates (Portman) has been appointed by the Shanghai Jiuzhou Group Company to provide an architectural concept design for the Qingpu Liantang Hotel Project, a new destination resort hotel in the canal town of Liantang, located in the Qingpu district of Shanghai.

“We are very excited to embark on this partnership with the Shanghai Jiuzhou Group Company,” stated Robert Halverson of Portman. “Architecture should connect people to places and the environment and we see great opportunity for designing the Qingpu Liantang Hotel in a way that meaningfully connects people with the vibrancy of the surrounding environment while celebrating the areas’ natural beauty.”

The 133,400-square-meter project site is surrounded by over 6.5 million square meters of conservation forest and waterways that have been a mode of transportation for centuries.  A variety of apartment type hotel units are clustered along the loop road and are designed to look like a series of smaller buildings gathered together like a village in the landscape. The active sequences of spaces along the vehicular path are inspired by images of the Chinese water dragon.

Public access to commercial amenities and hotel restaurants will be available from both the canal and the road network. Certain parts of the canal will be expanded to create pockets for docks and boathouses for residents’ use.

Portman has worked in China for more than 30 years and has designed a number of projects, including Shanghai Center, Beijing Yintai Center and Hyatt Regency Hangzhou.