Beijing Tongying Center InterContinental Hotel

The Story of Light and Shadow

Beijing Tongying Center InterContinental Hotel lies in the heart of Sanlitun, Beijing – a prime location for fashion and culture. During the day, it is crowded with people, its night is as bright as the daytime and bustling sounds and gorgeous colors fill the city with din and luxury.

Focusing on  fashion, technology and future development, InterContinental strives to create a fashion lifestyle flagship store in a new yuppie style.

150 meters high, InterContinental Hotel is largely constructed with glass façades with its “honeycomb diamond”  section-like exterior, full of sense of design. The huge hexagonal double-layer glass awning at the entrance has finely casted and presented the “honeycomb” concept of the building.

At the entrance, a huge hexagonal double layer glass canopy develops and presents the “honeycomb” concept of the building. Working with the concepts of architects, lighting designers choose “Tiffany Blue”, a cooler colour, as the core colour; integrated with the blooming and washing lighting effects caused by ultra-white glass and glass folders, to create distinct layering, and differentiates from the surrounding colorful lighting environment to generate great visual impact.

There are two large glass boxes with built-in custom crystal screen set symmetrically at the entrance of  hotel, appearing refined and warm under the action of light. The screen is built  in with numerous crystal pieces, varied in size and orientation. These crystal pieces are illuminated from top and bottom by linear luminaries, creating a three-dimensional, clear and sparkling image; restlessly displaying the hotel’s sense of fashion, brilliance, luxury and quality.

Hotel Lobby and Public Space
Walking in to the hotel, you can see book  shelves and screens so high that nearly reaching towards the sky, it’s like the Ministry of Magic in Harry Potter which has strong sense of decorated drama. With devices, sculptures and artworks everywhere, it has realized a state of harmony between retro and modern. In order to avoid the feeling of oppression from the tall empty lobby, light was used to represent a touching effect to its most extent in this space and it guides people’s focus on each small design detail, adding vividness into the space.

Dining space
There are seven restaurants in the hotel, namely, “Ying” which offers Chinese food, “Ying” cuisine, “Hot Spot” bar and “Hot Spot” Span, “Yi” steakhouse, beer bar and dessert store, each equipped with unique dining space and innovative idea of food.

These restaurants’ lighting design are tailored according to their interior decoration and respective cultural characteristics of food; while combining the lighting and special environment, at the same time, weakens functional lighting and emphasizes on decorative and  accent lighting. With careful carving and various techniques; lighting helped shaping 7 types of different temperament, styles and dining atmosphere.

Rooms and Presidential Suites
There are 300 rooms available in the hotel in modern style and elegant decoration. The round design of the rooms makes the original rigid 45 square meters area artistic and cutting-edged, also expanding the space. The grey colored open wardrobe allows you to imagine that you are in the display room of fashion stores. In terms of lighting design, various indirect lighting hidden in ceilings, wall corners and screens making the space unique and elegant.

Executive Lounge
It’s bright and decorous; the warm and layered lighting provides the whole lounge area with an extremely comfortable lighting environment. The shining book shelves, the light-outlined glass screens together with the comfortable rest area are linked with the linear tape lights in the ceiling. Such mellow, uniform yet changeable lighting may be savored during wine tasting.

Meeting Room and Banquet Office

Gym and SPA
The interior of InterContental Hotel is fabulous and elegant, lighting designers studied carefully between materials and decorative details; integrating space and lighting with various applications of indirect lighting and decorative languages to compose a fantastic feast to the eye.

The layering lighting Bogut frame divides the space into sections and the lighting screen with special texture also connects all spaces from false to real and modern to tender; it seems that there are wonderful dramas on show in every  small division and corner and they are seemingly writing special stories of light and shadow of the hotel……

Project Name: Beijing Tongying Center InterContinental Hotel
Investor: Beijing Topwin Real Estate Co., Ltd
Hotel Management: IHG
Interior Lighting Design: GD-Lighting Design
Chief Interior Lighting Designer : Yenchin Wang
Interior Lighting Design Team: Tim Cheng, Hui Ren, Xin Qi
Photographer: Zhi Xia
Location: Sanlitun, Beijing, China

About GD-Lighting Design
Grand Sight Design International Limited (GD-Lighting Design) was founded in 2004 in Hongkong by its Chief Designer Mr. Wang Yenchin. GD-Lighting is a professional lighting design company which work scope covers exterior and interior lighting design and consultancy. The company has been involved in a number of national and local landmark lighting design projects. It is also a company of professional lighting designers of different background from Mainland China, Taiwan and other Asia countries. GD-Lighting has accumulated rich design and practical experiences in high-rise buildings, large commercial mixed-use buildings, five-star hotels, and public and traffic spaces.