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USAD：Leoh Ming Pei designed Xiangshan Hotel in 1982 and won the AIA-Honor-Award in 1984. At this point, the Neo-Chinese style has risen. Since Xiangshan Hotel has been completed, a large number of similar styles of buildings have appeared in the 1990s. Bamboo Grove Hotel is located in Suzhou Old City, only 1 kilometer from the Pavilion of Surging Waves. It used to be a landmark of Suzhou Old Town and the pride of Suzhou people. As a city business card of Suzhou, Bamboo Grove Hotel was the first luxury hotel in Suzhou with a presidential suite and a foreign singing band. It is also glory in food, art, and reception. The hotel has received many distinguished guests , including Lee Kuan Yew, and served as a venue for signing important documents and hosting important events.
Due to outdated hotel facilities and fierce competition, the operation of Bamboo Grove Hotel gradually declined. Kimpton Bamboo Grove Hotel hopes to respect the genes of origin and continue the characteristics of the old hotel, leading to be the new landmark of urban memory.
▽酒店历史背景 Hotel historical background
Comparing with other resorts hotels, there is no particularly high-quality resource for the site. but Kimpton Bamboo Grove Hotel enjoyed the core area and historical heritage of Suzhou Old City. The collision between modernity and tradition, and the blend of new and old. What the landscape must do is to analyse the site space and turn the site genes to the high -quality resources, in order to create a new vacation tourist destination in Suzhou.
▽项目与周边环境鸟瞰 Aerial view
入则宁静，出则繁华 Flourishing outside, Calm inside
When you arrive at the hotel, you need to pass through a bustling commercial street. The buildings of UNI ELITE commercial District echoed the white walls of Suzhou. The classic Suzhou garden elements and modern metal glass and other materials set off each other, dialoguing tradition and reflecting contemporary.
▽场地局部鸟瞰 Aerial view
▽商业街景观氛围 Commercial street landscape atmosphere
The UNI ELITE integrated the commercial street investment and hotel needs, Introducing Internet celebrity restaurants, cafes, niche art brands and clothing. All kinds of special bars and barbecue have enriched the night life experience of hotel guests.
▽多元化的生活体验 A diverse life experience
What the landscape must do is to make a good commercial base, guiding the flow of people, defining the passing space , staying space, dining space and the activity space.
▽导视系统 Guidance system
Cross the middle axis avenue to the hotel, the entrance is covered with bamboo, echoing the theme of Kimpton Bamboo Grove Hotel.
▽酒店入口空间 Hotel entrance space
The hotel drop-off area is located in the center of the site, and the spatial form is the enclosed traditional Chinese courtyards. The landscape designer use the concept of water ripples. The entrance space seems to be a drop of water, spreading, and sowing the seeds of life, which creates a quiet space atmosphere and forms a ripple centered on the tree of life. The design of the ripple pattern makes the entrance of the hotel more focused, and it also guides the vehicle’s driving flow. The designer hopes to use the tree of life (the evergreen camphor) to witness the alternation of the new and old hotel and the new bloom in the future.
▽入口核心水景树池 Entrance core water feature tree pool
光影 Light and shadow
The east and west sides of the drop-off area was planned to be surrounding by the solid wall . the landscape designer recommended to use the sequence hollow wall, in order to generate light and shadow changes through the internal corridor.
▽极致简约的落客区 The ultimate simple drop-off area
视线 Sight view
The sight passes through the sequence hollow grills on both sides, and the water courtyard on both sides forms a sense of hazy. It also makes the space on both sides more permeable.
▽格栅景墙 Grille view wall
水院 Water courtyard
Design integrates the temperament of Jiangnan style into the hotel. The water system designed to be the high-quality landscape resources ，which could increase the premium for vacation hotel rooms.The most distinctive feature of the hotel is the original ancient pavilion. The rockery is also made of the dismantle the remaining Taihu stones from the old hotel.The sinking trail in the central water garden forms a water flowing landscape feeling. From the perspective of the guest room, the pedestrian trail is cleverly hidden in the water.
▽酒店水院景观 Hotel water courtyard view
Project name: Kimpton Bamboo Grove Suzhou & Zhonghai Huanyuhui Business
Project location: Gusu District, Suzhou
Floor area: 43,000 square meters
Design date: September 2021
Completion date: August 2022
Client: China Overseas Real Estate (Suzhou) Co., LTD
Landscape Design: USAD (commercial plan and hotel partial plan), SHUISHI (commercial construction plan and hotel partial plan and construction plan)
Architectural design: SHUISHI
Interior design: SCAD
Landscape photography: Nancy space photography
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