Four Seasons takes on Taipei tower

Imagery courtesy of RSHP.
Luxury brand Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and developer Yuan Lih Construction Co Ltd, part of Taipei-based Yuan Lih Group, are planning a new hotel in the heart of Taiwan’s capital.

Four Seasons Hotel Taipei will open its doors within a 31-storey tower directly opposite the iconic Taipei 101 skyscraper in the Xinyi District.

High life

Suited to both international travellers and local guests, the luxury hotel will feature approximately 260 rooms. Dining venues will include a high-end Chinese restaurant, destination bar, specialty restaurant, all-day restaurant, pool bar and lobby lounge. Surrounded by expansive glass panelling on both sides of the tower, the highest floors will offer wraparound views of the city and mountain ranges on the horizon.

The 180 m (591 ft) tall building will also feature an executive club lounge, fitness centre with an outdoor pool and spa. In addition, the property will offer extensive meeting and event spaces, including a grand ballroom and a junior ballroom that will include the same high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass panels on offer throughout the building. Ground level garden space will also be available for meetings and events.

Expansive design

Architecture firm RSHP has been selected to design Four Seasons Hotel Taipei. The company will bring its expertise to the new building, to create an efficient structure and support biodiversity with local vegetation species. The building design targets Taiwan Green Building Rating Gold and a minimum LEED silver.

The design of the tower will maximise natural light by creating spacious environments with expansive ceilings and windows. Construction of the new hotel is already underway, and is anticipated to be complete in Q1 2025.

Target destination

Bart Carnahan, president, global business development and portfolio management, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, said: “Taipei has long been a target destination for Four Seasons as we look to expand our presence in Asia’s most important cities. We are tremendously excited to announce our upcoming hotel in Taipei together with our partners at Yuan Lih Construction Co Ltd. This project will be a destination of choice in Taipei for both locals and travellers, combining thoughtful design, world-class restaurants and bars, and of course personalised service by incredible Four Seasons people.”

Lin Ming-Hsiung, president of Yuan Lih Construction Co Ltd, commented: “At Yuan Lih Construction Co Ltd, we are focused on creating projects that maximise land value while creating exceptional architectural landmarks, and we look forward to achieving these goals again with a new state-of-the-art building in Taipei. We are proud to be opening a top international landmark hotel for Taiwan and are very pleased to do so in partnership with Four Seasons – one of the world’s leading luxury hospitality brands.”

Local landmark

Ivan Harbour, senior design partner, RSHP, added: “We are excited to collaborate with Yuan Lih and Four Seasons on this exceptional project. Through three significant outward facing spatial gestures across its elevation, the hotel will embrace the immediate public realm at street level, the rapidly growing Xinyi District at mid-level and Taipei’s iconic mountain setting at its peak, together creating a landmark building that is very much of its place.

“With a focus on guest experience and wellbeing, the team has carefully orchestrated the interactions between the hotel and its surroundings. Every journey and every space will have its own moment.”

Chinese seasons

Elsewhere in Asia, Four Seasons has several Chinese projects in the pipeline, starting with Four Seasons Hotel At Suzhou Industrial Park and Four Seasons Hotel Dalian, both due for delivery in Q2 2023. The former will feature 190 keys and will be located on a small private island in Jinji Lake, close to Suzhou’s business precinct, while the latter will house 250 rooms within a mixed-use tower in the Donggang district.

Further ahead, Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou Center will add 200 keys to the portfolio in Q1 2024, and the 250-room Four Seasons Hotel Xi‘an will arrive in Q2 2026.