Four Seasons Kyoto

The new Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto has been built in amongst the temple complexes on the eastern bank of the river.  It directly overlooks not only the 800 year old Ikeniwa Garden Pond but a neighbouring temple. Designed by HBA Singapore it features a number of rooms with terraces or open balconies that allow clients to enjoy the tranquility of a location that feels hidden from the bustle of the city centre.

I tried to keep my photography true to the principles of the kindly of traditional Japanese architecture which I’d studied while researching my book on wooden architecture:  simplicity, understatement and balance.

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Recent work from China

A selection of my new hotel photography from China. I’ve been shooting quite a lot in the land of WeChat as the luxury hotel brands expand into larger regional cities and local resorts. What has struck me is the variety of the new designs on offer.

Lobby, The Castle Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel by Starwood.
Lobby, The Castle Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel by Starwood.

The outside of The Castle Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel by Starwood looks remarkably like Mad King Ludwig’s Wagner-inspired Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria (see the exterior of the hotel here). Inside the Los Angeles office of HBA have managed to design a series of interiors that intelligently mediate between the singular vision of the building and the varied requirements of a luxury resort.

Lobby Lounge Bar, The Castle Hotel - A Luxury Collection Hotel by Starwood
Lobby Lounge Bar, The Castle Hotel – A Luxury Collection Hotel by Starwood
Private Dining Room, The Castle Hotel - A Luxury Collection Hotel by Starwood, Dalian.
Private Dining Room, The Castle Hotel – A Luxury Collection Hotel by Starwood, Dalian.
All-Day Restaurant, The Castle Hotel - A Luxury Collection Hotel by Starwood
All-Day Restaurant, The Castle Hotel – A Luxury Collection Hotel by Starwood

By contrast Hilton Wenchang also boasts interiors from HBA Los Angeles and yet could not be more different. The entire public areas of this hotel on Hainan Island are open to the elements utilising the traditional wooden screens I found across South East Asia when researching my book on wooden architecture.

Lobby, Hilton Wenchang, Hainan
Lobby, Hilton Wenchang, Hainan

I also worked at one of the chic new urban JW Marriotts at  Shenzhen Bao’an in a building designed by Portman Associates with interiors by the  Singapore office of HBA.

JW Marriott Shenzhen Bao'an
JW Marriott Shenzhen Bao’an
M&E Corridor, JW Marriott Shenzhen Bao'an
Pre-function Corridor, JW Marriott Shenzhen Bao’an
Lobby, JW Marriott Shenzhen Bao'an
Lobby, JW Marriott Shenzhen Bao’an
Public Restroom, JW Marriott Shenzhen Bao'an
Public Restroom, JW Marriott Shenzhen Bao’an

 

Bar, JW Marriott Shenzhen Bao'an
Bar, JW Marriott Shenzhen Bao’an