Ian Carr, co-CEO of Hirsch Bedner Associates, states: “HBA’s growth in China has been spectacular. The firm is now present across first, second, and third cities, and is creating a raft of exciting new developments. From the fantastical creation that is The Castle Hotel Dalian to the modern take on Tang-dynasty architecture represented in the Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort and the glitzy sophistication of the Four Seasons Guangzhou, HBA is proving to be an adaptive and creative partner to our Chinese clients”.
Working with Starwood Hotels & Resorts, The Castle Hotel Dalian will be unveiled as the newest Luxury Collection property laterthis month. Based in China’s Liaoning Province, the development is inspired by the majestic castles of Europe and HBA was tasked with transforming this extraordinary property into a modern-day luxury hotel.
HBA recently completed the Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort, which backs into the southern fringes of Taihu, one of China’s largest freshwater lakes. Constructed of ‘layers’ of floors to create a ring that rises from the south bank of Huzhou’s Taihu Lake, this $1.5 billion Sheraton hotel received a lot of attention on its opening for its unusual design. HBA included a unique 28-ton jade sculpture imported from Iran as well as a wide-spanning light work fashioned with more than 20,000 Swarovski crystals to greet visitors.
In recent years, one of HBA’s most celebrated projects in China is Four Seasons Guangzhou, perched on the top 33 floors of Guangzhou’s tallest new landmark, the IFC building.
HBA has received international recognition through myriad design industry awards for a design which re-defined the standard Four Seasons property, and has become a flagship new opening for not just the brand, but hoteliers and design firms to follow..