One of the coolest new places to stay will be The Sunrise Kempinski Hotel in China, but you’ll have to wait until next month.
The latest in a long string of futuristic luxury hotels in China, The Sunrise Kempinski Hotel is a giant glass sphere designed to look like the rising sun over Yanqi Lake. It was designed by Chief Designer Zhang Hai Ao and the help of 60 other designers and 9,300 construction workers. The project took two years to complete and spans 18,075 square meters.
During the day, the hotel’s glass panels are angled in just the right way to reflect the sky above, the nearby Yanshan Mountain, and the Yanqi Lake below. At night, the gorgeous glowing orb gets its light from hydroelectric-powered LED lights.
But perhaps the craziest thing of all is that the glass dome was designed to withstand a level 8 earthquake. That’s right — a building whose entire exterior consists of 10,000 glass panels can allegedly withstand a powerful level 8 earthquake.
Aside from the rising sun symbolism, The Sunrise Kempinski Hotel also represents prosperity (because of its fish-mouth entrance) and fortune (because it looks like a scallop from the side.) It will feature 306 guest rooms and suites spread out among 21 floors, all luxuriously designed by DiLeonardo Design to satisfy an upscale clientele. In addition to the main event, there are an extra 289 rooms scattered among 12 boutique hotels on nearby islands.
The Sunrise Kempinski Hotel comes off the coattails of the Sheraton Huzhou Hot Springs Resort, a horseshoe-shaped luxury hotel that towers over Taiju Lake in Huzhou. Rates for the Sunrise Kempinski Hotel apparently start at only $185 a night, almost half as much as the starting prices for the horseshoe masterpiece that came before it.