Changsha is the capital city of Hunan province and plays a vital role in commerce, manufacturing, transportation and innovation of the region. Coop Himmelb(l)au’s design of an iconic 100 m high luxury Hotel Tower makes it the most significant landmark and orientation point for the expansive Da Wang Shan Resort, south-west of Changsha. Hotel guests will have access to multiple amusement parks, alongside one of the world’s largest indoor ski slopes, Snow World, the Deep Pit Ice, and a water park featuring a 60-meter high waterfall.
The Hotel Tower appears as a single sculpture, connected to Snow World via a plaza. From the main viewpoints, it has a fluid, ellipse-based cylindrical shape whose profile changes in an elegant flow from top to bottom: 3D studies of the bust of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti were used as inspiration to realize this iconic shape.
The facade of the tower has the appearance of silk and integrates a highly energy-efficient system providing state-of-the-art sun shading and natural ventilation. The element facade system offers maximum flexibility to the interior layout and allows a homogeneous appearance from the exterior.
The sculptural Nefertiti Hotel Tower offers 295 high-class guest rooms and suites. The deluxe rooms occupy 36 m² each, while the presidential suite spans over 255 m².
The hotel also offers executive two-bedroom suites. The French windows provide a 180-degree view of impressive landscapes including Dawang Shan, the Xiang River and Baxi Island.
The main entrance to the hotel is on the east side of the tower. Separate access for delivery and underground parking along Tongxi Boulevard and a special VIP entrance on the north side of the tower guarantee fluid circulation to and from the building complex. A spacious central lobby around the core gives way to the service plinth containing a bar and restaurant on level one, flexible and multifunctional conference areas on level two, and the fitness, spa and beauty facilities on level three.
The basement of the plinth provides 210 parking spaces, loading docks and mechanical equipment spaces. Two separate cores serve as access points to the tower and the plinth for clear and easy circulation. The tower core provides six secured elevators to allow for short waiting times while keeping a high area efficiency for the overall tower design.