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How we can layer tradition into the modern

PANORAMA Design Group create the ultimate urban getaway that transports the guest into a bamboo-filled sanctuary of comfort and opulence at MeeHotel.



BY Neal Downward

28 February, 2020


Given the current world state we’d understand if people aren’t exactly lining up to book a trip to mainland China tomorrow, but projects like MeeHotel, an urban resort hotel in the city of Shenzhen, leave us tempted to make the trip in the future.

The hotel’s interior design is handled by PANORAMA Design Group – directed by Horace Pan, clearly has had the story of the space inspired by the project location’s name “Bamboo Forest”.

In the lobby, bamboo was chosen as the key material giving the space a sophisticated light and shadow effect to its main wall. Full height bamboo screens define the reception and lobby lounge area and a pitched roof ceiling and natural diatom mud finished walls provide a minimal and leisure feel to the entire space. Paired with wood, stone and marble elements, the hotel experience speaks to a sense of heightened grandeur as soon as you step inside.

Double height courtyards are created on every two floors and a reflective lake with a bamboo installation of dancing curves graces these spaces.

The ceiling hung structure created in consultation with a master of bamboo weaving by making use of bamboo’s natural elasticity and traditional connection method. All created to give guests the feel of passing through an abstract bamboo forest before arriving at their rooms.

In all guestrooms bamboo and rattan headboards were given the same pattern as those in the lobby to create a peaceful and elegant atmosphere. Thoughtful embellishments adorn the space, creating a sanctuary of comfort and luxury for guests to enjoy during their stay.

The top floor Sky Café – a full height bamboo structure – creates a Zen church-like space. A skylight provides natural light during the day and, with circular LED lights patterned as glowing moons, provides guests with a poetic experience at night.

With Shenzen existing as a modern, tech industry city, the juxtaposition of this ‘bamboo forest’ layered in tradition should make any stay a relaxing and memorable one.

 

Photography by GD Media and POPO VISION. 

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