Hangzhou Hopes To Boost Tourism With New Raffles City “Mega-Hotel”

UNStudio-Designed Raffles City Mega Hotel To Be 60 Stories Tall, Incorporating Offices, Residences, Mall, 5-Star Hotel

Raffles City Hangzhou will reach a height of 60 stories, presenting views both to and from the Qiantang River and West Lake areas.

Raffles City Hangzhou will reach a height of 60 stories, presenting views both to and from the Qiantang River and West Lake areas.

The British website Holiday Hypermarket reports on the massive, mixed-use Raffles City “mega hotel,” currently under construction in the city of Hangzhou, which city planners hope will increase tourism and boost the local economy. Hangzhou, situated near Shanghai in China’s coastal southeast, is known more for its natural beauty and traditional architecture, but city officials hope that the “totally green” Raffles City mega hotel will make the city more attractive for companies that would otherwise be drawn to its more cosmopolitan neighbor.

This will be the sixth Raffles City project designed by UNStudio, following similar projects in Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu and Bahrain, according to the company’s website. As Holiday Hypermarket points out, Raffles City Hangzhou is expected to be completed by 2012, and will feature several unique aspects that should set it apart from other large-scale mixed-use construction projects currently in progress throughout the mainland:

Designed by UNStudio, Raffles City is a mixed-use complex including retail spaces, offices, housing and a luxury five-star hotel. Located near the Qiangtan River and the West Lake area, it has been designed by Dutch architect, Ben van Berkel over a site that is 300,000 square metres in size.

It is being billed as a totally green development, in keeping with the trend towards sustainable design for tourism sites. UNStudio is hoping to achieve gold certification for the development, via the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building rating system.

According to the architect “the philosophy behind the Raffles City concept is to integrate mixed use in an urban context, but in such a way as to give this concept a twist; by focusing on where the urban context meets the landscape of the city. In the design of the towers the urban element of the project twists towards the landscape, whilst the landscape aspect, in turn, twists towards the urban context, thereby effecting the incorporation and consolidation of these separate elements in one formal gesture”.

The new development is hoped to attract visitors to the city and offer them a luxury accommodation in the hotel with all amenities on hand to provide an excellent experience for travellers to Hangzhou.

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