Project Name: Artyzen Sifang, Nanjing China

Location: Nanjing, P.R. China

Date Completed: July 2018

Architect: Ettore Sotsass

Interior Designer: David T’Kint

Renowned as an Architectural Haven, Artyzen Sifang, Nanjing and is one of the architectural world’s most highly-anticipated openings. Twenty of the World’s Most Elite Architects Come Together to Create One of the Most Anticipated Architectural Projects of the Decade With Interiors by HBA.

The Hotel is comprised of 22 buildings designed by nearly two dozen of the biggest names in international and Chinese architecture, among them New York architect Steven Holl, dissident artist Ai Wewei, Chinese Pritzker prize winner Wang Shu and UK-based David Adjaye.  Most notably, the   recreational   centre   within   the   complex   was   designed   by   famed   Italian architect, Ettore Sotsass, and his architectural practice, Sottsass Associati. The architect’s enduring legacy is most remembered for his industrial design work. David T’Kint of HBA was tasked with creating bespoke interiors for a 22 key wellness boutique resort in harmony with the architecture.

HBA and David T’Kint were honoured to part of a select group of designers and architects. A challenging part of the brief was to create a visual identity that didn’t compromise the guests’ experience and expectations. With 22 unique rooms designed for this property ranging from 43 square meters to 79 square meters, the emphasis was placed on the light atmosphere creating a sense of space with generous walk-in wardrobes and five fitting bathrooms featuring freestanding bathtubs. The visual impact rests on the views toward the surrounding nature. Entertainment is focused on traditional recreational pursuits such as mah-jong, as well as table tennis and KTV.

David developed interiors that married Sotsass’ exterior architecture. Everything is based on geometrical volumes and touches of colour without being overwhelming and blended with the softness required to make this space the wellness centre it was intended to be.  The balance between hard and soft is studied in every area to avoid the feeling of being in a museum.  The walls, for example, are divided in an irregular gridline of shapes, whereas their texture is a warm white stucco. The floors are rhythmed by woollen rugs, designed as geometrical forms.  The furniture is an eclectic mix of bold contemporary items, with the right balance of neutrals and colours, accessories decorate the spaces and add to the casual feeling overall.