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The Opposite House in Beijing to be Swire's First Hotel

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Thursday, 6 March 2008

The Opposite House, a new contemporary hotel will open this summer in Beijings vibrant Sanlitun district, an integral part of The Village at Sanlitun, one of Beijings premier open-plan shopping destinations, developed by Swire Properties.

The Opposite House is the first of a number of hotels being developed in China, Hong Kong and the UK by Swire Hotels, a new initiative from Swire Properties, which will all be highly distinctive hotels, individually named and each uniquely designed by world renowned architects and designers.

The Opposite House will be the first hotel by esteemed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, whose work includes some of the most innovative  retail and commercial spaces in Japan. With the Opposite House he will minimise conventional boundaries to create seamless flowing space that allows light to flood in. His striking design greets guests with its emerald glass exterior while the interior colours and textures are a vibrant mix of modern and traditional and come alive when struck by the natural light in the hotels abundant space.

The hotels 99 rooms will include 10 spacious suites which will be amongst the largest in Beijing with more than half being over 70 sqm. All guest rooms will be strikingly simple with natural wooden floors and subtle touches of Chinese dcor, lending each one a sense of place. 

The bathrooms owe their design to their Asian home with deep oak soaking tubs, invigorating rain showers and under floor heating. The restaurants and bars conceived by well known Shanghai based restaurateur David Laris will take guests from the shores of the Mediterranean to the lands of north Asia, whilst the contemporary bar will offer a range of wines, cocktails and spirits and the luxury meets punk mini club will define its own scene and create a new late night spot in Beijing.

The name, The Opposite House, is derived from a translation of a Chinese word, which historically described the building located opposite the main house in a courtyard where esteemed guests would stay. The name also reflects the hotels southern location within the courtyard design of The Village at Sanlitun, the new retail and entertainment complex which will raise the bar for international luxury brand shopping and innovative places to eat and drink in Beijing.

Our goal is to create different and surprising experiences that challenge the norm and complement the lives of our customers, said Brian Williams, Managing Director of Swire Hotels. We feel we will achieve that with The Opposite House in Beijing, our first hotel.

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