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Shangri-La Hotel, Qufu designed by AB Concept

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Confucian principles, Chinese traditions and contemporary style have been effortlessly bleneded in the design of the Shangri-La Hotel in Qufu, which was recently recognised as the ‘best public space at the Hospitality Deisgn Awards.

Known as the hometown of Confucius, Qufu retains and celebrates traditional values while embracing China’s rising affluence and appreciation for luxury. A landmark on the Qufu landscape, the new 325-room hotel has transformed the once-sleepy historical city, marking a new era for the Qufu community and sparking renewed interest in the location.

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Shangri-La Hotel, Qufu is the city’s first international luxury hotel. Within walking distance of the Temple of Confucius, the hotel is already regarded as a local attraction with residents drawn to its central location and breathtaking façade. Its majestic design is a striking silhouette on the horizon, evoking the appearance of a traditional Chinese pagoda with its imposing pillars, interlocking beams, delicate latticework and upturned eaves. Striking a respectful balance between traditional Chinese architecture and elegant luxury. The hotel reflects the city’s historical significance while reinterpreting the cultural touchstones from a modern perspective.

The designers were also drawn to this project for a very personal reason: AB Concept’s co-founder, Terence Ngan, is a direct descendent of Yan Hui, one of Confucius’ closest disciples. “This project is personally very meaningful for me,” says Terence. “I am very proud to follow in the footsteps of my ancestors and contribute to Qufu’s history and development.”

Inspired by the principles of Confucian philosophy of order, harmony and hierarchy, and the six arts – calligraphy, archery, arithmetic, music, chariot racing and ceremonial rites – AB Concept’s design team expressed these values through a masterful blend of subtle patterns, rich textures and sleek symmetry. Throughout the hotel, the designers employed traditional Confucian motifs and recurring Chinese symbols to convey the sense of place and pay tribute to the location.

Images courtesy of AB Concept

About

Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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August 6, 2014 | Travel | View comments

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