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The Atkins-designed five-star Sheraton Zhanjiang Hotel held its official opening ceremony on 26 April 2015 in Zhanjiang, China. The sea view hotel is situated on the Leizhou Peninsula, close to the subtropical shore of the South China Sea, and is designed to fully utilise its coastline location to facilitate the tourism of the port city.

Atkins was appointed by Guangdong Minda Investment Group to provide urban and architectural design for this sea view hotel project, made up of two towers: Tower A houses a 440 room hotel containing a 2800 sqm banquet area, while Tower B accommodates high-grade offices above a podium of entertainment spaces. Facing the shoreline, the twin towers stand in a V-shape formation, flanking a 50m wide green belt which will provide an outdoor green space for visitors.

KY Cheung, Atkins’ senior design director for architecture in China, said: “Our design ensures that the breathtaking view of the South China Sea is maximised and can be enjoyed by every visitor. Each room is rotated 30° off axis to enable an unblocked sea view, and a unique perspective of the bay. The design avoids one tower completely obstructing the other from the coastline view. We helped the client to think from the users’ point of view and capitalised on the hotel’s location to its full potential.”

The architectural design of the hotel follows the theme of subtropical ocean. The intricate stepped facade alludes to seashells, while the sail-like roof membranes establish a nautical presence and dramatic skyline that can be seen both day and night. Ensuring our client and end users can benefit the most from the unblocked sea view, the design has demonstrated the creative and innovative building solutions provided by Atkins’ architecture and urban design team in China.

Zhanjiang is a port city with great potential for marine economic development. This newly-built iconic sea view hotel will become a tourist attraction to help the city develop marine economy and improve the city’s competitiveness. This new hotel will boost coastal and marine tourism of the city, and support the city's strategic plan of marine economic development.


For more information:

Christina Zhuang
Communications manager, Asia Pacific
Tel: +852 2972 1558 / Fax: +852 2890 6343<

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Atkins-designed Sheraton Zhanjiang Hotel with 440 all-sea-view rooms.
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(From left to right) Sheraton Hotel General Manager Tony Qin, Minda Group Chairman of the Board Huang Gui You and Atkins’ design director KY Chueng participated in the opening ceremony. 
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