The Guardian Art Center in Beijing, designed by Ole Scheeren, is no longer just an art center. Recently, a hotel and spa, called PuXuan, opened on the upper floors of the building.
The lower part of the building is the same size as the nearby houses and consists of perforated blocks of grey slate. The upper part is made of translucent glass bricks and contains the spa and 116 guest rooms designed by MQ Studio. For the design of the rooms, the Shanghai design studio worked with a wide range of colours and materials.
The bedroom has rattan screens to provide extra privacy in the living areas. The floors in the bedrooms are covered with light-coloured wood and the headboards and carpets always have a mauve or chocolate brown tint.
In addition to the standard guest rooms, the hotel also has the PuXuan Club, a room for large groups that tends to be a mansion rather than a hotel room. The suite features a kitchen, meeting room, outdoor terrace, library and a double room with its own fireplace. On the top floor of PuXuan you can relax in the spa. The illuminated glass staircase takes you to a room with black carbon fibre walls that provide the ultimate spa feeling.
The hotel restaurant is located in the main building, The Guardian Arts Centre, and can be recognised by its olive green seating areas. In addition, the hotel also has a dining room, Rive Gauche, which is open all day. The room is named after the southern bank of the Seine in Paris and the French decoration such as cutlery, glassware and cookery books ensure the perfect finish.
Fu Chun Ju, PuXuan's other restaurant, is designed with a suspended ceiling of amber glass and a black glossy floor. The eye-catcher of this restaurant is the 'courtyard' with its round seating areas. Anyone who ever travels to Beijing should definitely take a look.