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Hilton Hangzhou Qiandao Lake Resort Hotel by Ivan Cheng

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Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Ivan Cheng (IC) for A' Design Awards and Competition. You can access the full profile of Ivan Cheng by clicking here. Access more information about the award winning design Hilton Hangzhou Qiandao Lake Resort here.



Interview with Ivan Cheng at Tuesday 22nd of April 2014

FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
IC: According to investigations of local industries, culture and tourism destination characteristics, there is no international business hotel in this area, while there is the visible distinction between high and low seasons. Therefore we offer our suggestions: in terms of the function, the hotel design should incorporate both resort and business functions to meet the needs of different residents; in terms of the style, the design should adopt diversified approaches integrating both of client's corporate culture and local culture. Such design achieves consensus between the client and hotel management company.

FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
IC: The design should reflect both of client's corporate culture and local human culture to build the international hotel with local characteristics. The design should meet the business residents' needs. The design should highlight the resort theme and incorporate the Chinese element.

FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
IC: Design more and more good works.

FS: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
IC: About 5 months.

FS: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
IC: This design was commissioned

FS: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?
IC: Yes, my design is being produced by our client.

FS: What made you design this particular type of work?
IC: For the Qiandao lake water and local culture.

FS: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
IC: In terms of function.

FS: Who is the target customer for his design?
IC: Tourist.

FS: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
IC: The hotel design features diversified styles and functions which coincide with local characteristics and meet the needs of different people to create the sustainable natural space. To achieve harmony of the entire hotel design, it particularly adds the interior decoration of Arts Corridor integrated with the lake view, combining both Chinese and western cultures to reveal the poetic cultural aura. It now becomes one symbolic hotel on Qiandao Lakeside. The special designs reveal themselves throughout the hotel: the magnificent lobby contrasts strongly with the ordinary resort hotel appearance, rendering the dramatic shock meanwhile integrating views outside the glass to create an amazing effect.

FS: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
IC: Hilton Hangzhou Qiandao Lake Resort is named by our client.

FS: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
IC: Investigate and analysis.

FS: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
IC: The design theme of water coincides with locally characteristic culture and is integrated well with Qiandao Lake scenery, the Most Beautiful Lake of Heaven. The design meets the needs of different residents which adds the market value of hotel. The interior space extends the bracing and agreeable Qiandao Lake scenery, and the hotel becomes one ideal place for local wedding ceremonies and conventions where the guests feel reluctant to leave. The design integrates vague Chinese elements into the hotel, including the hanging landscape paintings and corridor murals featuring Chinese-style lines. Apart from its characteristic functions and views, we also integrate some art displays and designs of the boutique hotel into this design to upgrade the level of five-star hotel.

FS: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
IC: Our design construction side.

FS: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
IC: The lobby features eight-meter-high space and adopts advanced noise-filtering mute technology of air conditioner which could be hardly heard. In the meeting hall, there is a magnificent bell-shaped elevator lobby around thirty-meter high. Render the picturesque artistic hotel from the perspective of stage setting. Create unique works of art which fit the design atmosphere of hotel, like the colorful glass curtain walls in the lobby, the abstract landscape-pattern carpet and the hanging red 3D flower embossment.

FS: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
IC: No.

FS: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
IC: Despite tight schedule, we eventually conquered this challenge and all difficulties through the joint endeavor of our team.

FS: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
IC: Good design should show to everyone.

FS: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
IC: How to coordinate and balance the relationship between the principal and hotel management companies.

FS: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
IC: No.


FS: Thank you for providing us with this opportunity to interview you.

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