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Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel designed to look like the sun rising over a lake

The Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel is designed to look like the rising sun
The Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel is designed to look like the rising sun
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The Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel is designed to look like the rising sun
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The Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel is designed to look like the rising sun
The Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel is 97 m (318.2 ft) high and has 21 floors
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The Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel is 97 m (318.2 ft) high and has 21 floors
The Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel has an 18,075 sq m (194,558 sq ft) exterior surface covered by over 10,000 glass panels that provide a translucent and reflective effect
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The Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel has an 18,075 sq m (194,558 sq ft) exterior surface covered by over 10,000 glass panels that provide a translucent and reflective effect
A bar area in the Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel
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A bar area in the Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel
A dining area in the Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel
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A dining area in the Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel
A private dining area in the Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel
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A private dining area in the Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel
A lounge area in the Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel
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A lounge area in the Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel
A room in the Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel
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A room in the Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel

Waking up with the rising sun is one thing, but waking up inside the rising sun is quite another. Visitors to the recently completed Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel in China can do just that, though. The hotel has been designed to look like the sun rising over the Yanqi Lake.

Designed by Shanghai Huadu Architect Design, the "rising sun" view of the hotel can be seen from its front. From this perspective, the hotel is a circular shape, rising 97 m (318.2 ft) and 21 floors into the sky. Overall, it is actually shaped more like a disc that is partially buried in the ground.

The 18,075 sq m (194,558 sq ft) exterior surface is covered by over 10,000 glass panels that provide a translucent and reflective effect. Lighting strips, meanwhile, run up and over the height of the building, creating ovals when viewed from the side.

The Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel has an 18,075 sq m (194,558 sq ft) exterior surface covered by over 10,000 glass panels that provide a translucent and reflective effect
The Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel has an 18,075 sq m (194,558 sq ft) exterior surface covered by over 10,000 glass panels that provide a translucent and reflective effect

In addition to its striking looks, the Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel has been designed with a number of innovative operational features in mind. According to Kempinski, natural gas is the main fuel for heating and cooling the building, and it is the first hotel in China to use a gas power generation system to reduce energy consumption. Photovoltaic panels are also used to generate electricity, and glazing is four-layered to improve insulation.

The building additionally has an indoor air monitoring system to improve air quality, and is designed to withstand earthquakes up to eight on the Richter Scale. Kempinski says that construction of the hotel took 24 months and 9,300 construction workers.

Source: Kempinski

2 comments
BigGoofyGuy
I think that is beautiful. It would be neat to go there to experience it.
Readout Noise
It's a collossal source of light pollution, in a rural area - that's nothing to celebrate! All that good work in energy efficiency is undone by its photonic impact on the environment for miles around.