The JW Marriott Beijing Central reveals memories of Suzhou
The JW Marriott
At the root of the JW Marriot Beijing Central's design lies the Qing dynasty legend of Jiangnan. When the emperor went to Jiangnan to experience civilians’ lives, his mother followed. The Emperor’s mother was so delighted at the views and nature she saw that upon their return the Emperor recreated the scenery of Suzhou to help her recall her memories. It is this memory of a poetic homeland that the hotel attempts to capture.
Pastoral China is invoked by the materials and artwork adorning the rooms and hallways. A nod to a bamboo grove, scalloped lines evocative of water and thus symbolizing prosperity, sculptures and sketches of China's famous Taihu rock.
In the conference rooms, light pools down from a hidden skylight, illuminating two incongruous alabaster sculptures and a delicate willow, reflected on the floor. This unexpected vision of Suzhou’s West Lake contains a message of hope for a brighter future after difficulties.
It’s not all ancient references though—although the spectacular views of traditional hutong courtyards and the Forbidden City dominate, towering skyscrapers can be glimpsed from the hotel's windows. Modern China is also highlighted through the addition of Chen Wenling’s “The Red Memory,” shivering playfully at end of the pool and reminding guests of the simplicity and pleasure of childhood—a welcome contrast to the haunting nostalgia elsewhere in the hotel.