Chinese Remix

by BONNIE PAU on Apr 1, 2011 in Architecture , Interiors , Lifestyle
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The newly-revamped Shang Palace in Taipei entices visitors with a bold mix of Chinese tradition visuals and a sensual contemporary flair

Having won a 29th Annual Gold Key Award two years ago for Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Tainan, Hong Kong firm AB Concept has brought its expertise to another Taiwanese Shangri-La hotel via a NT$60 million revamp project for Shang Palace, located on the sixth floor of Shangri-la Far Eastern Plaza Hotel in Taipei.

“We wanted to imbue the space with a sophistication and elegance, expressed through the perfect sculpting of form and function, careful balancing of materials and textures and emotional play of light and proportion,” says Ed Ng, founder and director of AB Concept.

The design concept for Shang Palace channels a regal atmosphere, using delicate textures, dreamy watercolour shades and deep purples to set the tone.  As guests enter, they are greeted by a ‘Celestial Cloud’, a popular Chinese motif seen historically in royal palaces. Attempting to avoid design clichés, this is rendered as a deep sculptural alcove with its layers strikingly lit from the inside, the Celestial Cloud has an impressive theatrical impact that is further heightened by wall-mounted silk lanters, dark timber flooring and textured grey walls.