Park City Hotel. Danshui Taipei
The Park City Hotel is in the former China Trust Hotel, located on a site facing the Danshui River. The recent opening up between the Mainland and Taiwan has increased the number of tourists and business visitors and the renovation program of this old hotel adds it to the list hoping to join in the competition for the expected business opportunities in the future.
The Park City Hotel is a member of the Global Hospitality Team; the team’s management idea is derived from its slogan: “The hotel where the little extra don’t cost extra.” Also, the team’s icon reveals a eco-friendly ideology; at the center of the logo stands a big tree that indicates the position of the hotel and how it offers every convenience to its customers with a green idea attached to every facility and necessity.
JAHAA, the design group that accepted the commission to make changes to the hotel, proclaimed that the key issue of the change relied on a re-reading the site.
Because of the too narrow site and lacking of depth in the public space, the design team had to find new way to reshape the hotel. Its solution was to create a horizontal break-out ante-chamber and check-in space separating and thus increasing spatial layering. The main axis is deliberately shifted from the central position and a service table is created to twist around the orientation. These changes offer a liaison space in the front and allow clients to take a break before entering the second zone to check-in.
Mirrors clad the surface of the ceiling providing a push-up effect for a more spacious illusion. The changing pattern of the floor also increases spatial layering thus gaining visual expansion. The reception table is 30 degrees to the main axis; the change of direction opens up extra space for more dynamic contact between service people and customers. The big logo appears on the back partition of the reception area as an artistic representation of this chain hotel’s ideology regarding management.
The second floor public space is dedicated to a business center – “Forest Business Center.” Colors are taken from the logo while the hues were changed to fit into a space that intends to provide comfort rather than excitement.
The Park City Hotel is unique because of its site facing the river landscape, a sun-setting view and the mangrove laden Preservation Park. A ceiling-to-floor mirror was particularly adopted to improve the dialogue with the beauty of the views; photo images are printed on the surface of mirror. Despite the tight budget, JAHAA did not sacrifice detail design and good construction; it is expected that this middle-price hotel will reveal itself to be much like an expensive boutique hotel.
After my personal experience in the hotel, I did a web-search and found many articles on the “before and after opinion” of the hotel. JAHAA’s efforts have paid off because many applauded the changes and the value has been reshaped.
Designers: JAHAA Inc./ Rax Huang . Jamie Jiang
Participant: Yu Chen
Photographer: Sam + Yvonne
Location: Danshui, Taipei prefecture
Materials: Ivory color, Mocha color, white marbles, gray mirror, titanium coating stainless steel panel, film
Size: 200 ping ( 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floor public space )
Design period: November, 2009 – March 2010
Construction period: March – May 2010