Waldorf Astoria Beijing

Beijing, N/A / China

The new exterior wall and 50-meter superframe for the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Beijing, China was designed for the 175-room hotel as a contemporary interpretation of the Forbidden City, China's nation's most important historical treasure.

Stylistically this influence can be seen in the hotel's symmetry, prominent eaves, and the generous use of bronze. The attention to detail was crucial to the design. The vertical frame and the roof eave frame are shaped, detailed and strongly connected at the corners to echo the feeling of the profile of the traditional Chinese roof soffit silhouette.

The design team did not want to directly evoke Chinese architecture but to subtly reflect it in its use of materials and its strong sense of richness. The orientation of the facade was equally important to the comfort of the building users and the environmental sensibility of the project. The shading frame system created for each room provides the character of the hotel but it also protects the building and minimizes the solar heat gain from all directions, creating both an environmentally and culturally specific building.

The new Waldorf Astoria is now open at 15 Jinyu Hutong Wangfujing Dongch in Beijing.

Architect of record

Adrian Smith
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
111 West Monroe, Suite 2300
Chicago, IL 60603, USA
Phone: 312-920-1888
Fax: 312-920-1775

Associate architect

Jason Xu
Beijing Institute of Architectural Design. Co. Ltd
No.62. Nanlishi Road.
Beijing, NA 100045, China
Phone: (010) 88043003
Fax: (010) 68022803

General contractor

China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd


Shu He
ShuHe Architectural Photography Studio
Phone: 86 (10) 8849659