Lakefront Boutique Hotel and Spa

Chongming Island, Shanghai, China

The Lakefront Boutique Hotel and Spa is designed to become the most memorable and sought out private retreat in Asia. Its environmentally sensitive site planning, subtly embedded cultural references, and bespoke contemporary contextualist architecture reinforce the inherent privacy, serenity, and luxury of the lodge.

The Master Plan of the resort is organized to complement the overall master site and future golf courses/parklands plan, integrating landscape, landforms, and view orientation. The resort plan is set around three (3) primary courtyards which focus on views of the golf course and distant clubhouse. Three (3) smaller sub-courtyards integrate with the main resort pavilions and complete the transition from large site scale to a more intimate scale appropriate to the resort’s shared guest and public spaces.

The site design incorporates a series of stepped terraces, slopes and berms to provide separation, privacy and generate carefully focused views. There are strong axial align­ments sited at prominent features within the gardens of the resort and other views aimed at landmarks including the future golf clubhouse. But there are also more random, organically inspired, planned “design surprises” choreographed within the site.

Each of the separate guest villa clusters is uniquely sited to provide a wide range of different guest experiences with differing natural environments ranging from hill side, to forest preserve, to natural water’s edge, each with filtered or direct views of the golf course.