design et al are delighted to announce further shortlist success for Pierre-Yves Rochon (PYR) in the International Hotel & Property Awards 2014. Competing for the Hotel Design Award – Asia-Pacific, The Ritz Carlton Tianjin is a unique environment that has become a landmark destination for travellers worldwide.
The design for The Ritz Carlton Tianjin takes the historic British Concession area in Tianjin as the starting point for its inspiration. Reminiscent of a bygone era, the hotel’s authentic English Neoclassical interiors reflect the port city’s dual heritage, blending a classical European aesthetic with authentic Chinese architectural and decorative elements.
The public areas emphasise the fundamental principles of English Neoclassical style: balance, symmetry and proportion. Elements of chinoiserie and a sophisticated decorative arts program distinguish the Ritz-Carlton from other hotels in Tianjin. The lobby, a brilliantly detailed double-height space, has oversized Corinthian columns and a monumental grand staircase to either side. A bespoke Italian bronze chandelier hangs in the centre of the space.
The hotel’s 277 guestrooms including 53 suites represent a modern interpretation of an English Neoclassical mansion bedroom. Individual libraries, lacquered mahogany furniture, marble bathrooms and geometric carpet patterns all contribute to the residential feel of the hotel, which simultaneously accommodates all state-of-the-art technological necessities, offering guests the highest level of comfort. The Presidential Suite, richly detailed and expansive, feels much like a private luxury apartment. This suite features faux marble columns, oak parquet floors, sumptuous fabrics, a canopy bed, bathroom niche, and an office area with mahogany walls.