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W Xi’an

W Xi’an

Here, a lobby finds the emotional impact in abstraction


April 28, 2020 | , , , , ,

2019 GOLD KEY AWARDS
BEST LOBBY LUXURY

FINALIST
W XI’AN
CHINA

THE DESIGN FIRM: AB Concept, Hong Kong

THE MUSE: Make guests part of and spectators for the theater that is this hotel.

THE MAGIC: The space is a-maze-ing. “W Xi’an uses light to present a series of mazes as a dynamic journey for guests to unravel the wonder of the cultural city, Xi’an,” says Ed Ng, principal, AB Concept.

THE MAVERICK MOVE: Finding the emotional impact in abstraction. “Large hanging glass swirls create a constant flow of silver waves above the lobby like a time labyrinth,” says AB Concept principal Terence Ngan. “A large, eye-catching multimedia digital art installation reminiscent of the Tang dynasty architecture welcomes guests through a floating garden entrance.”

THE MESSAGE: Sniper design isn’t always the answer. From the surfacing to the furniture, there is a wow moment from every perspective.

PHOTOS: OWEN RAGGETT

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