LW Design puts stunning views front and centre for Raffles Shenzhen concept
The Raffles Shenzhen, a new design icon in China’s modern metropolis (Photos: Commercial Interior design).
LW Design studio hones in on amazing views of Shenzhen in design of luxury Raffles hotel.
The new Raffles hotel in Shenzhen is a wonderland of epic panoramas which have very much dictated the interior design.
The responsive design was realized by interior and architectural practice LW Design.
We take a look inside this iconic property.
Rooms with a view
Sometimes, design needs to do little more than accentuate the conditions it is working within. Such is the case with one of the latest projects by LW Design, where they were charged with designing the interiors of the new Raffles hotel in Shenzhen.
The hotel benefits from an enviable location on the top floors of an 80-storey skyscraper, so of course, the views are naturally the property’s most eye-catching feature.
This is what prompted LW Design to pare back the opulence of their design and respond directly to the views, making them the focal point.
“We were challenged to work around the views, we wanted to integrate them into the design rather than block them out,” said Pia Sen, associate interior designer at LW Design.
Nature and tradition as inspiration
The interiors are treated with a neutral and calming attitude which allows the panoramic views to shine through floor to ceiling windows in the guest rooms and common areas.
Natural materials such as stone, timber and marble are used throughout, but have a high gloss finish which lends the hotel an air of luxury as opposed to rustic charm. This is very much in line with the modern metropolis of Shenzhen.
The lobby’s design, which greets guests once they exit the lift on the 34th floor, exudes an aura of sophisticated calm and tranquillity, which is echoed in the guest rooms too.
All 168 guest rooms and suites are executed in a neutral palette of light greys and shades of oat, offset with colourful accents of aquamarine, teal and gunmetal in the fixtures.
Throughout the property, flashes of Chinese style in the artworks and artisanal crafts create a sense of place.
“The real emphasis throughout this project was to create an ambience which reflects everything a guest would wish for in their home, whilst adding the conveniences that a hotel brings,” said Sen. “And being able to draw on the surrounding beauty gave us a clear direction from the start.”
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