2023 GFD 🏆 Awards

Gold Winner – Wanda Jin Xiangjiang Dingzhou | Wanda Hotel Design Institute

Dingzhou, an ancient city located at the eastern foot of the Taihang Mountains, boasts a long history and rich cultural heritage, known as the “land of abundant treasures and talented people”. Dingzhou has a flourishing culture and education, with a deep-rooted tradition of respecting teachers and valuing education, and a strong atmosphere of learning. It is renowned as the “hometown of top scholars”.

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Gold 🏆 Winner
Global Future Design Awards 2023

Wanda Jin Xiangjiang Dingzhou
Hospitality Architecture (Built)

Wanda Hotel Design Institute

Wanda Hotel Design Institute

Design Team
Wanda Hotel Design Institute

Project Location
Dingzhou City, Baoding City, Hebei Province


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The overall design of Wanda Jin is themed around “the mansion of top scholars”, incorporating local features and cultural elements from the Taihang Mountains and Ding porcelain, and reflecting them in the interior design. The design concept of “using the past for today” is conveyed through the use of bookshelf-inspired shapes and modern Chinese-style screens. Regional cultural elements are integrated into various areas of the hotel, from the lobby background to the all-day dining restaurant, creating a cohesive design style that combines traditional cultural characteristics with a contemporary sense.

The lobby space is divided into functional areas using tall screens inspired by traditional Chinese architecture, creating a sense of spatial dynamics for guests. The main facade features a metal mesh embroidered screen with the theme of “autumn colors of the Taihang Mountains”, which references the majestic Taihang Mountain range in a modern artistic form, adding a unique artistic touch to the lobby. Dingzhou is famous for its scholars and top scholars, and the “cross star” shape of the crystal chandelier represents the top scholars in various dynasties in Dingzhou, symbolizing the inheritance of traditional culture from generation to generation. The white art glass walls of the lobby columns represent the white glaze of Ding porcelain. The overall design of the lobby ingeniously incorporates local cultural elements, with symmetrical axes and a grand atmosphere.

The space uses screen partitions to create separate and private dining areas in clustered forms, providing a sense of spatial separation. The glass brick-shaped design at the entrance adds a sense of fun to the space. The artworks displayed on the shelves are inspired by the local folk activity of “Dayangge” in Dingzhou, enriching the spatial effect and showcasing local culture. The overall space uses modern and slightly industrial-style pendant lamps to add liveliness and interest to the space, making the dining environment more comfortable and pleasant.

The overall design of the guest room area follows the cultural theme of “Scholar’s Residence,” incorporating elements of calligraphy and literature into the design. The design of the headboard of the bed, with its blank space, symbolizes paper and represents Dingzhou ceramics. The dark-colored glass on the TV wall represents ink and wash painting. The carpet patterns also use the expression of ink and wash painting, which is consistent with the colors of the crystal chandeliers in the lobby, with the two colors representing literary and martial scholars. The overall design of the guest rooms is modern and minimalist, while also reflecting cultural connotations, providing guests with a quiet and comfortable leisure space.