It’s a vast complex built in the mountains of Tianjin, China. Architect and designer, Patrick Leung, has succeeded in creating in a cohesive whole from the countless guest rooms, saunas, wellness areas and public spaces at Tianjin Eagle Lang International Hotel. He has miraculously created a sense of calm in an aesthetically stunning ensemble of natural materials.
The world is being flooded with new hotels in infinite variations. According to the architects and designers, they are always backed by a clear design ideology and a distinct concept. Concepts that are generally expressed in grandiloquent musings that are as unclear as the designs themselves. Fortunately there are some fine exceptions to this ‘rule’ and the world is occasionally delighted by striking hotel designs. The Tianjin Eagle Lang International Hotel, designed by Patrick Leung from Hong Kong, belongs in that category, certainly as regards its interior. The architect has fashioned an extensive complex in a natural setting in China that is a cross between a hotel and a resort with all possible wellness zones, spas, swimming pools and restaurants. Despite the great variety of functions, it has not turned into a cacophony of spliced-together design ideas. On the contrary: Patrick Leung has created a large totality thanks to subtle use of materials, colours and forms. The architect: “Because of the location of the complex, we based our design on the relationship between the interior and the dramatic natural setting. We used the existing structure with exposed supports and beams to achieve continuity.” “We opted for natural materials wherever possible, thus adding a somewhat rusticated effect and giving the interior a natural feel. Marble with a texture, leather for the walls and furniture, and highquality fabrics contribute to the ambience of comfort and intimacy, with a touch of the luxury of an Alpine resort. The Chinese element is found in the art works hanging and standing everywhere: that, too, is inspired by nature and reinforces the aesthetic plan” according to Patrick Leung.