GRAND BAYVIEW HOTEL ZHUHAI
This project exudes contemporary Asian luxury with a touch of playfulness.
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.