Following the successful launch of The Opposite House in Beijing and The Upper House in Hong Kong, Swire Hotels is set to unveil its third House, The Temple House, in Chengdu, China.
Set for a fourth quarter 2014 debut, the hotel will be located in the heart of the city, within the Chengdu Daci Temple Cultural and Commercial Complex, a project jointly developed by Sino-OceanLand and Swire Properties.
Designed by UK-based architects MakeArchitects, the 100-room hotel and its 42 adjoining serviced apartments form an integral part of the city government’s conservation project to preserve the surrounding heritage buildings next to the thousand-year-old DaciTemple. The three-dimensional woven façade combines modern design with the traditional Chengdu architectural elements of timber, brick and step stones. Elegant bamboo trees frame the hotel’s entrance, set in a beautifully restored hundred-year-old Chinese courtyard building first built in the Qing Dynasty.
Although Chinese Emperors have previously stayed at the DaciTemple, The Temple House evokes the modest houses provided for scholars who came from different parts of the world to study. The hotel continues this tradition of humility by creating understated luxury experiences founded on deeply personalized service for every guest.
Of the new Chengdu icon, Brian Williams, managing director of Swire Hotels, says “Our goal is to create a highly individualized hotel which houses a series of dynamic restaurants and uniquely designed facilities. The TempleHouse presents an ideal opportunity to extend our brand into one of China’s wealthiest and fastest-growing regions.”