Beijing Secret Garden All Season Resort
Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province, China
Hornberger + Worstell’s master plan and design of the Beijing Secret Garden creates an environmentally sensitive, year-round recreational destination. Providing a diversity of activities, the 25 hectare project site includes a ski village, 18 hole golf course, tennis center, traditional Chinese market, family entertainment zone, spa and wellness facilities, and multiple 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5- star hotels and branded condominiums, totaling 5 million square feet/960,000 square meters. The resort features integrated pathways, plazas, and landscaped spaces encouraging a connection with the outdoors. These carefully designed and sited spaces provide opportunities for relaxation and recreation with ample views of the surrounding landscape. The mixture of highly-integrated buildings and uses, thoughtfully designed and sited within the mountain valley, defines and sets the Beijing Secret Garden above its regional competition. The buildings that make up the master plan are shaped by contemporary mountain design precedents from around the world. As in traditional Chinese architecture in mountain environments, buildings are arranged as an organic cluster of structures with connected outdoor terraces and stepped, native stone retaining walls.