The Kempinski Yanqi Lake Hotel Complex: Ecology, Architectural Diversity And Swans.

1 Posted by - March 31, 2014 - Architecture, Asia
Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel

The Kempinski Yanqi Lake Hotel Complex, Rising Sun Design

The European luxury hotel company Kempinski is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group, having been in existence for over 110 years.  Kempinski Hotels currently operates a total of 75 five-star hotels in 30 countries, and is set to launch its largest property in China at Yanqi Lake in May 2014.  The lake development is set on almost five square miles in and around Yanqi Lake, Beijing. Yanqi Lake lies at the foot of Yan Mountain in the Huairou District, about 37 miles north of central Beijing.  The name ‘Yanqi’ means ‘Swans Dwell on Lake.’ In keeping with the natural beauty of the area, sustainability and ecological values are reflected in the materials and construction techniques: electricity is supplied from green hydroelectric power, lighting consists of LED systems. and eco-friendly products are used throughout the resorts.

The Kempinski Yanqi Lake Complex includes 595 guest rooms and suites. 306 rooms will be at the Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel Beijing, 111 rooms at the State Guest House, operated by Kempinski, and 178 rooms will be spread across 12 Boutique Hotels, on the private island in the lake complex.

The architects and interior designers include DiLeonardo, Wilson Associates, Rockwell Group and Hirsch Bedner Associates. The many architects and designers created a diversity of buildings on this lake: no two are alike. The Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel Beijing embodies the shape of the rising sun that in Chinese lore symbolizes harmony, unity and infinity. In keeping with the natural beauty of the area, sustainability and ecological values are reflected in the materials and construction techniques: electricity is supplied from green hydroelectric power, lighting consists of LED systems. and eco-friendly products are used throughout the resorts.

The State Guest House, in contrast, is designed as a world culture gathering place and will be the home of VIP guests and government officials when they arrive.

Kempinski State Guest House

The Kempinski Yanqi Lake State Guest House Aerial View.

Located on the island with its own marina, the 111-room Yanqi Lake State Guest House features guest rooms and suites, a 5145 square foot indoor swimming pool; five food and beverage establishments, including Reto’s, an all-day dining restaurant; Lake Palace, a Chinese restaurant; Kempi Deli, a European-style bakery; an 1897 Wine Bar offering an extensive selection of vintage wines and cigars; as well as The Library Lobby Lounge. The Guest House also includes a ballroom as well as meeting rooms ranging in size from 330 to 6350 square feet.

The twelve Boutique Hotels blend contemporary and traditional designs reminiscent of Chinese Imperial Gardens of Beijing and Siheyuan.   Each building houses an indoor swimming pool, fully-equipped gymnasium, game room, library, meeting rooms and spa treatment rooms.

Finally, the development has large convention meeting spaces. Selected as the venue for APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Forum, 2014, the 46,000 square feet of meeting facilities including the 89,000 square foot Conference Center, offers the largest comprehensive and luxurious multifunctional event space in mainland China among international-brand MICE (Meeting/Incentive/Convention/ Exhibition) resorts. It’s architecture draws inspiration from the Han and T’ang Dynasties where the blue roof symbolizes the Temple of Heaven. The Kempinski Grand Ballroom accommodates up to 1,400 delegates, while the Yanqi Lake Grand Ballroom accommodates up to 750 delegates.

It is no wonder that Kempinski chose this site for its largest hotel complex in China. Yanqi Lake is a scenic site at the foot of Yanshan Mountains, spanning over 162 acres. It is surrounded by a variety of trees including pine, poplar and willow. The island is also a natural habitat for various species, including migrant birds including swan and geese, especially during spring and autumn. Yanqi Lake draws multitudes of tourists every year, as the Mutianyu Great Wall Of China, is nearby.

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