Park Hyatt Suzhou

  • Prize
    Winner in Architectural Design Hotel – Luxury
  • Company/Firm
    Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
  • Lead Designer
    Josh Chaiken
  • Architect
    Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (Design), CCDI (LDI)
  • Interior Designer
    Hersch Bender Associates
  • Hospitality
    Park Hyatt
  • Construction Company
    Gold Mantis Enterprise
  • Location
    Suzhou, China
  • Project Date
  • Developer
    Gold Mantis Enterprise

Embracing the rich history of traditional Suzhou, the Park Hyatt Suzhou is a destination in-and-of-itself and a modern addition to the city’s wonderful classical gardens. Envisioned as a contemporary version of a Suzhou manor, the hotel is organized around a series of internal and external garden courts, providing a calm contemplative atmosphere. The plan encourages visitors to circulate around these manicured landscaped spaces - just as one would experience the Suzhou gardens. The hotel’s primary orientation is to the south, responding to the adjacent park with an array of landscaped terraces starting at grade, stepping up the building and capturing views of the neighboring Jinji Lake. The 179-key, 47,180-sm hotel is modulated into a series of discrete boxes to break down the scale and create a sense of intimacy. The materials and palette of traditional Suzhou architecture are translated into textured white terra cotta panels, gray metal window frames, and warm metal fins. The metal fins form screens that layer on top of the white cladding, reinterpreting the filigree screens found in traditional gardens.