InterContinental Dongguan is the first five-star luxury hotel in Dongguan, situated at Minying·International Trade Center, which is the first super complex in the city and an iconic commercial destination in the Greater Bay Area. With a gross floor area of more than 1 million square meters and a maximum height of 423 meters, the complex dominates the skyline of the CBD area and the whole city.
▼酒店外观，Building appearance © Cheng Chung Design
The interior design of the hotel mainly draws inspiration from local elements including Keyuan Garden, cyperusmalaccensis, Lingnan paintings and Huangqi Mountain. It interprets cultural symbols in a modern context, and showcases a picture where elegant Lingnan culture interweaves with modern exquisite lifestyle.
▼酒店入口，Hotel entrance © Cheng Chung Design
Fusion of ancient charm and modern style
Dongguan is an important cradle of Lingnan landscape culture. It’s a place where Cantonese culture, Hakka culture and Tanka culture merge and coexist. Cyperusmalaccensis, lion dance, Keyuan Garden, Qilou building (arcade houses) and more shape the unique Lingnan water town culture, and endow Dongguan with unique humanistic and cultural charm. Based on the local cultural context, CCD tries to portray a new lifestyle in the hotel, and to interpret as well as renew the image of the city. With a pool, the drop-off area keeps a low profile. The water surface dynamically ripples with breeze, and reflects the pomegranate tree, the moving clouds and the sky.
▼酒店入口水景，Entrance waterscape © Cheng Chung Design
▼酒店入口细节，Entrance details © Cheng Chung Design
The lobby draws on the spatial pattern of Keyuan Garden, a famous local historical attraction which is composed of various constructions and spaces arranged at staggering heights. Mangnolia, the city flower of Dongguan, is translated into a distinctive glittering artwork and is inlaid into the central screen wall. The backdrop wall of the lobby adopts the undulating form of wok-ear house (also known as “Huo’er house”), a traditional dwelling in Lingnan region, to enrich the spatial form and blend local culture into the space.
▼酒店入口大门，Entrance gate © Cheng Chung Design
▼大堂入口与白玉兰花艺术品，Magnolia flower artwork at the lobby entrance © Cheng Chung Design
▼大堂，Lobby © Cheng Chung Design
▼大堂前台，Front desk at the lobby © Cheng Chung Design
▼大堂礼宾台，Concierge desk at the lobby © Cheng Chung Design
▼大堂细部，details of the lobby © Cheng Chung Design
Beside the lobby is the executive lounge. The luxury yet sedate design languages and cultural symbols produce an atmosphere where Lingnan culture and modern exquisite lifestyle interweave, which showcases the refinement and evolution of exquisite modernism.
▼大堂行政酒廊，Executive lounge beside lobby © Cheng Chung Design
▼行政酒廊细节，Details of executive lounge © Cheng Chung Design
▼行政酒廊外景，Outside area of executive lounge © Cheng Chung Design
The stylish lighting fixtures, art books and ceramic ornaments endow the space with vitality and imagination. The neat spiral staircase is outlined by black, gray and white curved lines, which create dynamic rhythm and pleasing visual experiences.
▼旋转楼梯，Spiral staircase © Cheng Chung Design
Artistic interpretation and refined lifestyle
The all-day-dining restaurant takes design cues from the semi-pavilion surrounded by lychee trees in Keyuan Garden. The semi-pavilion’s gray stone paving, bricks and tiles are translated into marble flooring in this space. In addition, the design also extracts elements like window patterns and grilles from traditional Lingnan architecture. The hollowed-out patterns ensure the transparency of the space. Meanwhile, the unique forms and implications integrated into design elements help create a more playful, pleasing dining experience.
▼全日餐厅，All-day-dining restaurant © Cheng Chung Design
▼全日餐厅包间，Private dining room at the all-day-dining restaurant © Cheng Chung Design
▼特色餐厅，Specialty restaurant © Cheng Chung Design
▼全日餐厅细节，Details of all-day-dining restaurant © Cheng Chung Design
The red wall surface in the Chinese restaurant echoes the red sandstones highlighted in traditional Lingnan gardens. Complemented by the outdoor green landscape, the red wall appears vigorous and auspicious.
▼中餐厅入口，Chinese restaurant entrance © Cheng Chung Design
▼中餐厅，the Chinese restaurant © Cheng Chung Design
▼中餐厅墙面细节，Wall details at the Chinese restaurant © Cheng Chung Design
The source of inspiration for the ballroom design is the fabled lantern on the top of Huangqi Mountain. The lighting fixtures emit golden light, which is flexible yet graceful, creating a pleasing banquet atmosphere.
▼走廊中散发金色光晖的灯具，The luminaires in the corridor glow with gold © Cheng Chung Design
▼电梯厅，Elevator hall © Cheng Chung Design
▼走廊细部，detail of the corridor © Cheng Chung Design
Reminiscence of past days
Dongguan is famous for cyperusmalaccensis, a kind of thin long sedge grass that has contributed to the development of the local culture and manufacturing industry. The guestroom is folded out by referring to the circulation of traditional Lingnan gardens. The backdrop wall of the headboard incorporates local grass weaving craftsmanship and elements, reminiscent of the past days of Dongguan.
▼客房，Guest room © Cheng Chung Design
▼客房洗漱台，Guest room wash counter © Cheng Chung Design
▼客房细节，Guest room details © Cheng Chung Design
▼大堂吧二层平面布置图，Layout of lobby on the second floor © Cheng Chung Design
▼七层宴会厅平面布置图，Layout of the ballroom on the seventh floor © Cheng Chung Design
Project Name: Intercontinental Dongguan
Project Location: Block 4, International Trade Center, No.1 Hongfu East Road, Dongguan, Guangdong, China
Interior Design: Cheng Chung Design / CCD (www.ccd.com.hk)
Project Area: 28,995.75㎡
Completion Time: December 2020