Hotel Ningbo

Ningbo, China

The design reflects the hotel’s significant location within the emerging ecological corridor in the Eastern New Town, a representational centre for natural renewal in the heart of the city of Ningbo.


The plan of the hotel is organised along a central north-south axis formed by five interlinked landscaped courtyards which provide access to the individual hotel blocks. Each central courtyard is framed by a protective colonnaded walkway and has a different environment and microclimate.


The five environments follow the principles of the Chinese theory of the 5 elements (wood, fire, metal, water and earth) which here correspond to five seasons (spring, summer, autumn, winter plus a “neutral” season) and five colours (green, red, white, black and yellow). The combination of elements--materials, colours and t seasonal planting-defines the architectural and environmental characteristics of each courtyard, making each one unique.


The different uses and architectural expressions offer guests a rich variety of spaces, ever changing with the passage of time.


Eastern New Town Committee (ENT)






5.6 ha (Total Site Area)

29,250sqm (Total Built Area)



Design Concept