GRAND BAYVIEW HO­TEL ZHUHAI

This project ex­udes con­tem­po­rary Asian lux­ury with a touch of play­ful­ness.

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A new East-meet­sWest ho­tel that ex­udes con­tem­po­rary Asian lux­ury with a touch of play­ful­ness.

Be­hind the new look of China’s Grand Bay View Ho­tel in Zhuhai is de­signer James Lee, who founded L’Avven­tura & As­so­ci­ates in 2014. The col­lab­o­ra­tive creative group brings to­gether de­sign­ers from around the world to work on hos­pi­tal­ity and res­i­den­tial projects.

With over 20 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion’s ho­tel de­sign in­dus­try and an ap­proach fo­cused on

cre­at­ing au­then­tic spa­ces with a soul, Lee – who was born in Jiang­nan and re­ceived a master’s de­gree in in­te­rior de­sign at the Chelsea Col­lege of Arts in London – was im­me­di­ately iden­ti­fied as the per­fect match to give new life to the 21-year-old ho­tel, which is lo­cated in the south­ern prov­ince of Guang­dong.

The con­cept that Lee puts at the heart of every project is serendip­ity, at­tribut­ing the suc­cess of projects to “the chance out­come, the happy ac­ci­dent that comes from al­ways en­gag­ing the right creative mind­set”. He says: “We be­lieve it is by bring­ing to­gether com­ple­men­tary creative en­er­gies that we achieve the ex­cep­tional.”

Hon­our­ing that idea, the Grand Bay View Ho­tel Zhuhai was in­spired by cross­cul­tural West­ern and Eastern ref­er­ences, geo­met­ric pat­terns and tra­di­tional Chi­nese mo­tifs, and it fea­tures nau­ti­cal touches (as it is a wa­ter­front ho­tel) ex­em­pli­fied by de­tails like pearl-like metal fa­cades and blue fab­rics and car­pets.

To welcome guests, Lee and part­ner Craig Nealy recre­ated an un­der­wa­ter set­ting in the in­ti­mate lobby. “I wanted to cre­ate some­thing that was fun, that cre­ated the feel­ing of liv­ing re­ally within the sea,” says Lee.

Both ro­man­tic and Zen-like, the spa­ces fea­ture translu­cent screens, and un­treated wooden pan­els and lay­ers. “This is re­ally about ex­press­ing a new Asian lux­ury that is el­e­gant and sub­tle,” he adds. “The de­sign plays with the na­ture of light, of in­ti­macy and our sense of time and his­tory, and I’m happy that we man­aged to cre­ate some­thing that is so true to that con­cept.”

The de­signer also re­lied on sim­plic­ity – which is at the root of com­plex­ity, he says – for this project.

“We suc­ceed when you can’t see what we’ve done,” says Lee. “We may un­earth the story but we let it tell it­self. True mean­ing lies in the in­vis­i­ble.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the ho­tel, visit www. grand­bayviewhot­elzhuhai.com.

ABOVE An East-meet­sWest ap­proach was taken for the de­sign of the pub­lic ar­eas.

BE­LOW, LEFT The guest rooms are taste­fully de­signed, with the use of bold lines and con­tem­po­rary colours.

LEFT Sub­tle touches of gold and a mix of tex­tures help to chan­nel a sense of un­der­stated lux­ury.

BE­LOW, RIGHT Im­pres­sive art­work, such as this light in­stal­la­tion, abound within the com­mon ar­eas in the ho­tel.

ABOVE White and black marble were used to give the bath­rooms an op­u­lent feel.

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