design et al are delighted to announce A.N.D. / Nomura Co.Ltd won in the International Hotel & Property Awards 2014. The W Guangzhou FEI has been shortlisted in the Bar/Club/Lounge Category.
A large cubic space with 18m each side which floats in the façade and whose three sides are all glazing was given to the design team. They transformed the large cube into a bar lounge of three layers (1000sqm approx.) which is covered by soft organic lighting skin with constant and organic modification – as if it is an aurora.
The team created two design concepts to transform the glass box into the bar. The first concept was to cover the massive architectural and structural glass opening with soft organic lighting skin which is new in the world. The skin of innumerable fiber optics controls colour and speed of flash, it sparkles with constant modification. Also, the team managed to light up the whole wall with minimal numbers of light sources by a highly minute method of mixing the fiber and finishing gut. It is low cost & high performance. The lighting sources are placed inside of the ceiling, so it is easy for maintenance. Even though the fiber is 18m long, the each fiber was scratched by hands to light up evenly. Also, in the daytime it becomes a delicate transparent screen and it softens the sun light.
The second concept was to place multi-layers of horizontal floor and perpendicular wall in the space surrounded by light. The individual spaces separated into the multi-layers create different ‘Ma’ (distances) with distinct density and taste, and welcome guests with various expressions. Fibre lighting was achieved by a Japanese advanced technology and the solid stone counter and acrylic table are achieved by Chinese craftsmanship. Both Japanese and Chinese techniques fused and created the design.
The façade which shines organically attracts not only hotel guests but also people walking on the street, provoking their interests and drawing them into the space. The hotel is open not only to hotel guests, and has an aim of becoming not only an accommodation but also a place for fun. FEI is suggesting a new way of spending time in emerging China, which is ‘Have fun in the hotel’.