Wilson Associates has unveiled the design of the Niccolo Hotel Changsha. Located within Hunan’s Furong District tower, Changsha IFS Tower One, the Niccolo Changsha is the fourth luxury property of its kind from Hong Kong-based hospitality management company Wharf Hotels. Designed by Wilson Associates’ Dallas studio, the new urban travel destination features 241 contemporary-chic guestrooms, including 19 suites; three food and beverage venues; and a series of conference and meeting spaces.
Taking cues from the sleek aesthetic found in retail fashion display casing, the design team embraced a “less is more” approach––adopting a hyper-contemporary scheme. A palette of creams and warm neutrals, balanced by contrasting high-gloss lacquered walls, creates an architectural canvas that allows richly hued accents such as blown glass sculptures and sparkling pendants to shine.
Tailored displays, alternating seasonally, invite guests inward to chic elevator cabs and up into the heart of the new hotel, a 93rd-floor sky lobby. Elevator doors open to dark textures, artwork and views of the city. The top floor of the tower houses the F&B outlets. BAR 93 offers evening entertainment and craft cocktails. Recalling the spirit of the hotel’s metropolitan locale, Niccolo Kitchen’s (pictured) high-energy design invites guests to gather for a medley of signature Asian and Western dishes prepared in an open kitchen. Stylish wood slatting denotes a back room of Niccolo Kitchen’s dining space, which serves as an exclusive Tea Lounge in the afternoon.
Photo: Courtesy of Wilson Associates