Award-winning international architecture firm Make Architects, created a unique facade for the luxurious Wanda Reign Hotel in Wuhan, China. Commissioned by the Wanda Group, the architects designed a 902 hexagonal module facade that creates the “effect of multiple windows as ‘eyes’ looking our over the city from the guest rooms”.
Wuhan, which is sometimes referred to as the “Chicago of China,” is the most populous city in central China and a major transportation hub made up of a mixture of modern and traditional Chinese architecture. The project has given us an exciting opportunity to create a glamorous building for the city.
The hexagonal modules are produced of highly reflective aluminum, and are angled in both plan and section to protect the rooms from solar gain. The angled panels transform the facade into a dynamic textural surface that is complemented by the vibrant reflection of the surrounding nature, and nearby river.
We were inspired by the nearby theatre design and wanted to create a visual contrast between the two structures by introducing an angular and sleek facade design that offers a visual counterpoint in that area. The façade design is also a response to the particular climate of the city.
LED lighting has been integrated into each hexagon, giving the facade an even more dramatic texture effect at night. The unique facade starts to display an ‘alternate’ design at the base and top of the tower, where the proportions of the cladding modules begin to subtly change. At the podium level, large folded triangular glass panels create a three-dimensional effect, and maximize the view to the restaurants and conference rooms located on the lower floors. Towards the top of the tower, the modules become more elongated to form the points of a ‘crown’ that surrounds the roof.
Date of project: December 2013
Opening of hotel: 2014
*All images and information courtesy of Make Architects.